- Michael Talbot
(b Venice, 1695/6; d Venice, Aug 10, 1782). Italian violinist. She was the most celebrated musician ever produced by the Venetian Ospedale della Pietà. The lack of a surname reflects her status as a foundling, and in spite of her fame, she remained all her life a ward of the Pietà. Around 1706 she was admitted to the all-female coro there, where one of her teachers was Vivaldi. On 19 July 1712 a violin was purchased for her, and on 26 August of that year she was one of a small group of figlie di coro engaged to play at the convent of S Francesco della Vigna. A new violin was bought for her on 26 April 1720 and on 14 February 1721 she was made one of the 14 figlie privilegiate allowed to act as tutor to a boarder, a service that she provided for over 60 years. In ...