Denzio [Denzi], Antonio
- Michael Talbot
(b Venice, Sept 23, 1689; d ?Moscow, after 1763). Italian tenor, impresario and librettist . He sang at Venice and elsewhere in Italy between 1715 and 1723, at first taking leading roles such as Artabanus in Vivaldi’s La costanza trionfante degli amori e degli odii (Venice, Carnival 1716), but within a few years singing only minor parts. In 1724 the impresario Antonio Maria Peruzzi engaged Denzio to assemble a company of singers in Venice and bring them to Prague, where they performed in the theatres of Count Franz Anton von Sporck. Peruzzi’s financial mismanagement of the company led to his being replaced as impresario by Denzio late in that year; in the next ten years Denzio staged 57 productions of operas and sacred dramas in Prague, including works by Vivaldi and Albinoni as well as by the troupe’s composers, Antonio Bioni and Giovanni Antonio Guerra. Denzio’s own librettos included ...