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date: 29 January 2020

Giotti, Cosimolocked

  • Robert Lamar Weaver

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(b Florence, April 15, 1759; d Florence, Feb 10, 1830). Italian director and librettist. He wrote spoken tragedies, including La strage degli innocenti (1782), performed at the Borgo Ognissanti theatre in Florence, and Enrico, e Sofia (1783), given at the Cocomero. About 1784 he became director of prose comedies for the Compagnia Nazionale Toscana, resident at the Cocomero; he was also a poet there with the duty of ‘accommodating’ librettos. He wrote at least two melodramas, for which Giuseppe Moneta furnished the music, and two comic intermezzos. He then turned to serious opera, with Ines de Castro, set to music first by Giordaniello, then by Andreozzi and subsequently, as a pasticcio, by several composers. An ardent patriot and supporter of the Habsburg-Lorraine rule, he wrote La felicità in Etruria (which he adjusted to previously composed, anonymous music) in 1799 to celebrate Ferdinando III’s restoration to the grand duchy after the first French occupation in that year. An account book of the Accademia degl’Infuocati refers to Giotti in ...

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