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date: 19 November 2019

Bigari, Francesco locked

  • Sybil Rosenfeld

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( fl 1766–71). Italian stage designer . A native of Bologna, he was scene painter and machinist with his fellow townsman, Vincenzo Conti, at the King’s Theatre in London (from 1766 to 1771), though Conti did not operate after 1767–8. The most important operas for which Bigari provided scenery were J. C. Bach’s Carattaco (1767–8) and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (1769–70). He was also scenographer for Piccinni’s La buona figliuola maritata (1766) and Le contadine bizzarre (1768–9) and Guglielmi’s Ifigenia in Aulide (1767–8) and Le pazzie di Orlando (1770–71) as well as other operas and pasticcios.

The only extant design is for the pasticcio L’olimpiade (1769). Described as ‘The Temple of Olimpic Jove. A fire in the middle of the altar’, it is reproduced in Allardyce Nicoll’s The Garrick Stage: Theatres and Audience in the Eighteenth Century...

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