- Colin Timms
Italian family of singers. They were among the greatest exponents of Neapolitan opera buffa from the mid-18th century to the late 19th.
(b Naples, 1714; d Naples, 1783 ). Baritone. He made his début as Don Bastiano in Latilla’s La celia at the Teatro dei Fiorentini, Naples, in 1749 and sang in nearly all the comic operas at that theatre until 1779. He went to Rome in 1757 and returned as Mengotto in Piccinni’s La buona figliuola at the Teatro delle Dame in 1760, but otherwise spent his life in Naples. Also in 1760 he scored a notable success as Don Flaminio in Piccinni’s La furba burlata – first at the Fiorentini, where it was performed 80 times, then at the Teatro Nuovo, where it ran from Easter to autumn and where he then appeared regularly until 1782. In 1767 he created Tuberone in Paisiello’s L’idolo cinese, the first comic opera performed in the court theatre at Caserta (...