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Francis in 1765 closed all theatres in Vienna, and prevented performances in Innsbruck of Angiolini’s last ballet to music by Gluck, Achille in Sciro , based on Metastasio’s libretto. Shortly thereafter Angiolini succeeded Hilverding at St Petersburg, making his début ( September 1766 ) with another ballet derived from Metastasio, Le départ d’Enée , ou Didon abandonnée , to his own music. During this stay in Russia Angiolini presented several new ballets, restaged others from Vienna, and composed dances for a number of Italian operas. He worked next ( 1772–3

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artists, including Balbi, to his court at Brussels. Balbi created a grand ‘balet a entrées’ in honour of the wedding of Philip IV and Maria Anna of Austria. Entitled Le balet du monde , it was presented in Brussels during Carnival 1650 , between the acts of Gioseffo Zamponi’s opera Ulisse all’isola di Circe . Balbi returned to Florence in 1650 and with the Febiarmonici staged Cavalli’s La Deidamia , first performed in Venice at the Teatro Novissimo in 1644 . During the carnival of 1651 Balbi was once again in Venice, where he created the choreography and stage

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Gabriella Biagi Ravenni

Boccherini (Lucca, 1927), 10–11 A. Della Corte : Un italiano all’estero: Antonio Salieri (Turin, 1936), 104–15 E. I. Luin : ‘Italiani per il mondo: Giangastone Boccherini’, Rivista italiana del teatro , 7 (1943), 63–6 G. Arrighi : ‘Giovan Gastone Boccherini’, Lucca: rassegna del Comune , 6 (1962), 13–23 G. de Rothschild : Luigi Boccherini: sa vie, son oeuvre (Paris, 1962; Eng. trans., 1965) G. Biagi Ravenni : ‘Calzabigi e dintorni: Boccherini, Angiolini, la Toscana e Vienna’, La figura e l’opera di Ranieri de’ Calzabigi: Livorno 1987 , 29–71