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date: 17 September 2019

Calegari family (opera)locked

  • Sven Hansell


Italian family of musicians.

(b Padua, c1750; d Padua, 1812). Impresario and composer. A cellist in Padua, he had his first dramatic work, a setting of Metastasio’s azione teatrale L’isola disabitata, performed privately there in 1770. Between 1777 and 1782 three of his operas were performed at leading houses in Venice and Modena. He served Padua’s Teatro Nuovo as impresario intermittently from 1787 until 1801. In August 1792 the Venetian administration prohibited the Teatro Nuovo from functioning during Carnival and spring (when Padua’s Teatro Obizzi gave comedies), but by choosing his repertory carefully, however much it reflected a local taste for comic opera, Calegari was able to keep his theatre in a leading position. He also composed cantatas and sacred music.

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