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date: 06 December 2019

Migliavacca, Giovanni Ambrogio locked

  • Sven Hansell

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(b Milan, c 1718; d Dresden, Vienna or Milan, after 1787). Italian librettist . His academic name was ‘Filodosso’. Nothing is known of his life before his appointment as imperial secretary to the vicariate in Vienna some time before the mid-1740s. Presumably, he became amanuensis to the court poet Pietro Metastasio at about the same time. The fullest sources of information on Migliavacca are a dozen letters written by Metastasio to him between 1750 and 1771, and as many more to Farinelli and others from the late 1740s to the 1760s. Metastasio recommended Migliavacca to the Dresden court, where the latter was court poet from 1752 until perhaps the mid-1780s, and wrote to Migliavacca generally with respect and kindness, although several of his letters to Farinelli and others are critical of Migliavacca’s talent and person.

Metastasio seems to have had mixed feelings for his assistant, and many of his compliments hide veiled insults. He described Migliavacca as able to write ‘an attractive ...

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