Masi [Massi], Giovanni
- Marita P. McClymonds
(b Florence, c 1730; d after 1776). Italian composer . His first known opera, Il gran conte di Cordanova, was performed in Rome in Carnival 1754. Six years later he was invited to compose an opera seria, Muzio Scevola, for Florence. The libretto for his La scuffiara (1765) identifies him as maestro di cappella napolitano, though he is maestro di cappella fiorentino in that for I tre amanti burlati (1766). By 1774, according to the librettos of his last two operas, he had become maestro di cappella romano. He was probably related to, or even possibly the same person as, Girolamo Masi, a maestro di cappella romano at S Giacomo de’ Spagnoli, who set the farsa Lo sposalizio per puntiglio (1768, Rome, Valle). Manuscript copies of this, as well as of the intermezzo Il governo dell’isola passa (1765, Rome), survive ( I-Baf ); though attributed to ‘Pater Felice Masi’ they are apparently works of Girolamo (or Giovanni) Masi....