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date: 02 June 2020

Tosi, Pier Francesco locked

  • Malcolm Boyd
  • , revised by John Rosselli


(b Cesena, Aug 13, 1654; d Faenza, on or just after July 16, 1732). Italian castrato, teacher, composer and writer. He was the author of a highly influential treatise on singing: Opinioni de’ cantori antichi e moderni (1723). He was not the son of the Bologna composer G.F. Tosi. He sang in a Rome church, 1676–7, belonged to Milan Cathedral choir from 1681 until his dismissal for misconduct in 1685, made his one recorded appearance in opera at Reggio nell’Emilia in 1687, in Giovanni Varischino’s Odoacre, and was based in Genoa before going in 1693 to London, where he gave weekly public concerts and taught. From 1701 to 1723 he travelled extensively as musical and diplomatic agent of Emperor Joseph I and the Elector Palatine. From 1724 he again taught in London for some years; sometime before 1681 he had become a priest. A number of cantatas and arias are among his works....

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