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Robert Lamar Weaver

(bc1755; dc1829). Italian impresario and librettist. His family was from Vicenza. Though trained as a lawyer, he chose instead to become an actor like his parents, and joined first Pietro Rossi’s company in Venice and then, around 1777, the Compagnia Nazionale Toscana in Florence, directed by Giovanni Roffi. His first tragedy, ...

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Robert Lamar Weaver

(b Tuscany, c1730; d after 1792). Italian librettist and stage director. He was one of two poets at the Teatro del Cocomero in Florence around 1755, a position requiring him to alter and add to librettos by other authors, notably Goldoni. His ...

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Robert Lamar Weaver

(b Florence, April 15, 1759; d Florence, Feb 10, 1830). Italian director and librettist. He wrote spoken tragedies, including La strage degli innocenti (1782), performed at the Borgo Ognissanti theatre in Florence, and Enrico, e Sofia (1783), given at the Cocomero. About ...

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Carole Taylor

(b London, Feb 6, 1711; d London, Jan 6, 1769). English impresario . He made his first European ‘grand tour’, 1731–3, and undertook a second continental visit, 1737–8. He is best known as the extravagant young aristocrat who took up the direction of Italian opera at the King’s Theatre in ...

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Curtis Price

(fl 1789–93). Irish impresario. Of obscure origin, he reputedly trained as a law clerk in London in the mid-1780s and was employed by a lawyer representing Giovanni Gallini in his struggle to acquire control of the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket. After the fire that destroyed the theatre on ...

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Ethyl L. Will and Elisabeth Cook

(b Châlons-sur-Marne, Feb 18, 1725; d Paris, July 7, 1794). French administrator . He was the son of Pierre Papillon, president-treasurer of France ‘de la généralité de Champagne’ at Châlons-sur-Marne. In the mid-1740s Papillon moved to Paris, where he completed his law studies. He bought the three official positions of ...

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John Rosselli

(fl 1790–1814). Italian impresario. He had already had experience as impresario at Genoa when in 1798 he took on the management of La Scala, Milan, under the republican regime installed by Napoleon. He remained in charge until 1814 (with a brief hiatus caused by the French retreat in ...

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Xoán M. Carreira

(b Somma, c 1730; d Bilbao, c 1774). Italian impresario and bass . Active in the Iberian peninsula, he directed a Neapolitan opera company taken to Barcelona by the Marqués de Mina. Its first performance, Auletta’s pasticcio Il maestro di cappella, was in the Captain General’s palace in ...

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Michael Talbot

Italian noble family of theatre proprietors . For over 250 years members of the S Fosca branch of the Vendramin family were proprietors of the Venetian theatre known both as S Salvatore after a neighbouring church and as S Luca after the parish in which it was situated. The original house was built in ...