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date: 16 December 2019

Laschi, Filippo locked

  • revised by Richard G. King
  •  and Franco Piperno
  • Saskia Willaert

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(b Florence, fl 1739–89). Italian tenor . He was a singer and actor of unusual ability and a champion of Italian comic opera in the mid-18th century, mentioned in admiring terms by Mozart and Burney. Initially he sang serious roles but from 1741 (Chinzer’s La serva favorita) preferred comedy parts. He was a leading figure in the success of Neapolitan, Roman and Florentine comic opera in Venice between 1743 and 1745, singing with Pietro Pertici, Francesco Baglioni, Grazia Mellini, Pellegrino Gaggiotti and other specialists in the genre. With a company directed by G. F. Crosa, and initially including Pertici and the soprano Anna Maria Querzoli Laschi (whom he married; Luisa Laschi was their daughter), he introduced this repertory to London (1748–50), Brussels (1749) and Amsterdam (1750), and from 1753 he was involved in first performances of many of Goldoni’s commedie per musica...

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