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date: 14 December 2019

Mellini Scalabrini [née Mellini], Grazia locked

  • Franco Piperno

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(b Bologna, 1720; d 1781). Italian soprano . Her first appearance was in Faenza in 1741 in Latilla’s La finta cameriera, with a company directed by the famous Roman buffo Francesco Baglioni. In 1742 she sang opera seria roles in Bologna (Cleartes in Caroli’s Andromaca) but from 1743 she returned to opera buffa in Baglioni’s company and shared in the success of Neapolitan, Roman and Florentine commedie per musica in Venice and other northern Italian cities. In Latilla’s La finta cameriera, for example, she sang the roles of Betta and Gioconda in Vicenza, Venice, Bologna, Alessandria, Turin and Mantua between 1741 and 1747. In 1748 she married the composer Scalabrini, with whom she joined Pietro Gaggiotti’s company and toured in northern Europe. She performed comic intermezzos in Hamburg and Copenhagen until 1758, and from 1749 was a virtuosa to the King of Denmark.

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