Boschi, Giuseppe Maria
- Winton Dean
(b Viterbo; fl 1698–1744). Italian bass. He married the contralto francesca Vanini, probably in 1698, but does not appear in cast lists until 1703, when he sang the role of Oronte in Francesco Gasparini’s Il più fedel fra i vassali at Casale Monferrato. He appeared in Venice in four operas by Gasparini and two by Lotti in 1707, and was re-engaged there in 1708–9 and 1713–14, singing in five further operas by Lotti and others by Caldara, Handel (Agrippina, 1709) and C.F. Pollarolo. He sang at Vicenza in 1707, Ferrara and Vienna in 1708, Bologna in 1709, 1717 and 1719, Verona in 1715, and Genoa in 1717. He made his London début with the Queen’s Theatre company in Mancini’s Idaspe fedele (1710), sang in Giovanni Bononcini’s Etearco and created Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo (1711). From 1714 he was a member of the choir at S Marco, Venice, but was allowed frequent leave of absence. He was at Dresden from ...