Argenti [Argentio], Bonaventura [Bonaventura Perugino ]
- Galliano Ciliberti
[Bonaventura Perugino ]
( b Cascia Spolentina, Perugia, 1620/21; d Rome, Feb 7, 1697). Italian soprano castrato . One of the most celebrated singers of his day, he was active in Rome and sang oratorios by Carissimi at the Collegio Germanico Ungarico between 27 March 1638 and 13 December 1646. On 15 August 1645 he entered the choir of the Cappella Sistina without competition, and was successively puntatore (1665), chamberlain (1660), maestro di cappella (1661), pensioner (1670) and dean (1694). He also performed cantatas, serenades and music dramas at the courts of the Roman aristocracy, and from June 1645 to December 1647 he was in the service of Prince Camillo Pamphili and his wife Olimpia Aldobrandini. In Rome he sang in solemn ceremonies at S Luigi dei Francesi (1645 and 1648), S Maria del Popolo (1657–8 and 1660...