Angiolini, (Domenico Maria) Gasparo (opera) [Gaspare, Gaspero ] [Gasparini, Domenico Maria Angiolo ]
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[Gaspare, Gaspero ][Gasparini, Domenico Maria Angiolo ]
(b Florence, Feb 9, 1731; d Milan, Feb 6, 1803). Italian choreographer and dancer. He began his dance career in Lucca (1747) and then danced in Venice (1747–8, 1750), Turin and Spoleto (1751), Lucca again, this time also working as a choreographer, and Rome (1752–3) before moving to Vienna. There, in 1754, he married his partner Maria Teresa Fogliazzi (1733–92) notwithstanding the rivalry of Casanova. During Carnival 1756–7 Angiolini produced ballets for the operas given at the Teatro Regio, Turin, also performing as primo ballerino. He returned to Vienna as premier danseur at the French theatre, and when Hilverding departed for Russia in November 1758, the director Giacomo Durazzo named Angiolini as his successor. Gluck succeeded Joseph Starzer as composer of ballet music.
Angiolini had misgivings over this appointment, and indeed early reports on his dancing and his ballets hardly hint at the power of his later creations. In a ...