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date: 17 January 2021

Morigi [Mauriggi, Morici, Muriggi, Morighi], Pietro Antonio Filippolocked

  • Carlo Vitali


(b Roccacontrada [now Arcevia], nr Iesi, bap. Jan 31, 1710; d ?London, after 1772). Italian soprano castrato. After a modest beginning in his native Marche region and in Rome, in female roles, in 1730 Morigi arrived in Bologna, where he became a member of the Accademia Filarmonica, also receiving the patronage of Count Sicinio Pepoli. Between 1730 and 1734 he took minor roles in various operas by Albinoni, Hasse and Vivaldi in Venice, Verona, Bologna, Florence and Genoa. During the period 1731–5 he was in the service of Philipp of Hessen-Darmstadt, the Imperial Governor of Mantua. In 1733 he was engaged by Empress Anna, though he did not arrive in St Petersburg until summer 1735. He enjoyed remarkable success in operas by Araia and Hasse; castratos were previously almost unheard of in Russia. He returned to Italy at the beginning of 1744, and from 1746 to 1753 he sang in several theatres in northern Italy (occasionally as primo uomo during the period ...

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Bologna, Accademia Filarmonica, Archivio