Novelli [Novello; Monticelli Novelli], (Antonio) Felice
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(b Venice; fl 1717–62). Italian tenor. His career centred on Venice, where he appeared in 21 operas between 1717 and 1749. He also sang in Rome (1720, 1729), Turin (1720–22, 1739–40), Bergamo (c1726) and Florence (1728). In 1743 he sang Mathusius in Gluck’s Demofoonte in Milan, Bologna and Reggio Emilia. He was a ‘virtuoso’ of the Duke of Massa and Carrara in about 1726, of Princess Henrietta of Hesse-Darmstadt (a native of Modena) in 1749 and of Duke Philip of Parma in 1762; that year he also sang in two farsette at Florence. Most of his Venetian appearances were in the less important theatres, especially the tiny S Moisè. He was occasionally primo uomo, but specialized in buffo parts after 1747.S. Mamy: ‘La diaspora dei cantanti veneziani nella prima metà del settecento’, Nuovi studi vivaldiani: edizione e cronologia critica delle opere...