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date: 14 November 2019

Tenducci, Giusto Ferdinandolocked

  • Roger Fiske
  •  and Dale E. Monson

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(b Siena, c 1735; d Genoa, Jan 25, 1790). Italian soprano castrato and composer. He made his début in Cagliari in 1750, during the wedding festivities of the Duke of Savoy. After appearing both in minor roles and in comic opera in Milan, Naples, Venice, Dresden and Munich, in 1758 he went to London, where he spent two seasons at the King’s Theatre and sang in Cocchi’s Ciro riconosciuto as secondo uomo. His extravagant living led to a short spell in a debtors’ prison in 1760, but in 1762 he created Arbaces in Arne’s Artaxerxes, subsequently appearing in the première of J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria (1765). He visited Dublin in 1765 and the following year (despite some scandal) married Dora Maunsell, the daughter of a Dublin lawyer. Her relations were outraged; Tenducci was jailed and his wife kidnapped, though Casanova claimed the couple had two children. Tenducci spent a year or more in Edinburgh before returning in ...

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