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date: 13 November 2019

Barbieri, Antonio locked

  • Colin Timms

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( b Reggio nell'Emilia; fl 1720–43). Italian tenor . From 1720 to 1731 (at least) he was in the service of the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, governor of Mantua, where he made his earliest known appearance, in the première of Vivaldi's Candace (1720). The composer seems then to have engaged him for Venice, where he sang in 23 operas from 1720 to 1738. He became well known throughout Italy, appearing in Reggio (1720), Rome (from 1724), Parma and Florence (both 1725 and 1734–5), Naples (1727–9) and Turin (1739–40). In 1731 he sang at Pavia in Vivaldi's Farnace alongside his wife, Livia Bassi Barbieri, who also performed at Venice and Florence, 1734–5; it is not known whether he was related to the contralto Santi Barbieri, who appeared in eight operas at Florence from 1730 to 1743. Later he was maestro di maniera...

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