Tesi (Tramontini), Vittoria [‘La Moretta’, ‘La Fiorentina’]
- Gerhard Croll
[‘La Moretta’, ‘La Fiorentina’]
(b Florence, Feb 13, 1700; d Vienna, May 9, 1775). Italian contralto. She received her first instruction from Francesco Redi in Florence and from Campeggi in Bologna. (An alleged meeting with Handel in Florence, in connection with the performance there of his opera Rodrigo in 1707, rests on a confusion between Tesi and Vittoria Tarquini.) She first appeared as an opera singer in 1716, in Parma (Dafni) and Bologna (Il sogno avverato). In the 1718–19 season she was in Venice as virtuosa di camera to Prince Antonio of Parma. By 1719 she was in Dresden, where she sang in Lotti’s Giove in Argo for the opening of the new opera house on 3 September, and ten days later appeared as Matilda in his Teofano, thereby numbering (along with the singers Coralli, Durastanti, Santa Stella Lotti and the castrato Senesino) among the most prominent performers in the musical festivities surrounding the marriage of the Saxon electoral prince to the Archduchess Maria Josepha. With the dissolution of the Italian Opera, Tesi left Dresden to return to Italy; in Carnival ...