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date: 15 November 2019

Benedetti, Michelelocked

  • Elizabeth Forbes

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(b Loreto, Oct 17, 1778; d after 1828). Italian bass. He made his début in 1805 and, after singing at Venice, Reggio Emilia and other cities, appeared in 1811 in Spontini’s La vestale at S Carlo. There he created the following roles in operas by Rossini: Elmiro in Otello (1816); Idraote in Armida (1817); the title role in Mosè in Egitto and Ircano in Ricciardo e Zoraide (1818), Phoenicius in Ermione and Douglas in La donna del lago (1819); and Leucippo in Zelmira (1822). He also sang Atkins in the first performance of Donizetti’s Alfredo il grande (1823), Clemente in the première of Bellini’s Bianca e Gernando (1826) and the King in the first performance of Donizetti’s Gianni di Calais (1828), the last named at the Teatro del Fondo. He visited London in ...

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