Balbi, Giovan Battista (opera) [Giambattista, Giovanni Battista; ‘Il Tasquino’]
- Irene Alm
[Giambattista, Giovanni Battista; ‘Il Tasquino’]
(fl 1636–57). Italian choreographer, dancer, stage designer and impresario. Probably born in Venice, he apparently was well known in 1637 when, in the libretto for Francesco Manelli’s Andromeda, he was cited as ‘Veneziano Ballarino celebre’. Over the next seven years he continued to provide choreography for Venetian operas, including Manelli’s La maga fulminata (1638), Cavalli’s Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo (1639) and Francesco Sacrati’s L’Ulisse errante (1644). In 1645 Balbi and the Febiarmonici, a travelling company, obtained permission to stage their production of Sacrati’s La finta pazza in Florence, exactly as they had presented it in Venice in 1641. While Balbi was in Florence, Anne of Austria sent a request through her cousin Duke Odoardo Farnese of Parma, asking him to collaborate with the Comédie-Italienne in Paris. The stage designer Giacomo Torelli also went, and together they mounted a celebrated production of ...