- Winton Dean
( fl 1698–1708). Italian soprano . Sometimes known as ‘La Valentina’, and probably of Ferrarese birth, her first known appearance was in Crema in 1698. She was employed at the Mantuan court until she entered the service of Ferdinando de’ Medici at Pratolino in 1700. A specialist in male roles, she appeared in ten operas there and in Florence, including Handel’s ...