Valentini [Urbani, Valentino]
- Winton Dean
(b Udine; fl 1690–1722). Italian alto castrato. He was a pupil of Pistocchi and later in the service of the Duke of Mantua. His first known appearances were in 1690 in Venice (in Perti’s Brenno in Efeso) and Parma (in Sabadini’s Il favore degli dei). He sang in Bologna in 1691 and 1695 (with Pistocchi in another Perti opera), Piacenza and Ferrara in 1691, Reggio nell’Emilia in 1692, Rome in 1694, Venice again in 1695 in two operas by C.F. Pollarolo and in Turin in 1696. Between 1697 and 1700 he was in the service of the Electress of Brandenburg in Berlin; he sang the title role in La festa del Himeneo by Ariosti and others in 1700. In 1703 he was at Mantua in Caldara’s Gli equivoci del sembiante and the following year sang in two operas in Genoa. He was the first castrato to sing regularly in London, making his début at Drury Lane in a revival of Haym’s version of ...