- Thomas Kaufman
( fl 1865–85). Italian impresario . He gave an extended season of Italian opera in Calcutta in the spring and summer of 1866 and tried to establish a regular opera company there by presenting autumn and winter seasons up to 1871. That year he joined forces with Giovanni Pompei, in Melbourne, but Pompei returned to India and Cagli, after a disastrous attempt at solo management, entered into partnership with W. S. Lyster, touring in Australia and New Zealand. He then returned to Italy. In 1875 he put on the first Italian opera to be heard in Cape Town (Il trovatore, 15 November 1875), and gave seasons there up to 1877. The next year he embarked on an extended Asian tour, to Bombay, Allahabad, Calcutta, Madras, Singapore, Batavia (followed by a Javan tour), Hong Kong and, in 1880, Shanghai, where he gave the city’s first Italian opera season. In further tours he visited Yokohama in ...