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date: 28 January 2020

Gallia, Mariafree

  • Olive Baldwin
  •  and Thelma Wilson

(fl 1703–10). Italian soprano. She first sang in London on June 1, 1703, advertised as ‘the Famous Signiora Maria Margarita Gallia, lately arriv’d from Italy’, performing music by Joseph Saggione [Giuseppi Fedeli] in entr’actes at Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre. In 1704 she appeared with Saggione in concerts at York Buildings and in private concerts. On February 5, 1706 she was one of the soloists in an entertainment at court for Queen Anne’s birthday. Her first operatic appearance was in Saggione’s The Temple of Love at the Queen’s Theatre that March. She sang in a revival of Thomas Clayton’s Arsinoe and took the title role in his Rosamond in spring 1707 at Drury Lane, and took over the role of Eurilla for the last three performances of the pasticcio Love’s Triumph at the Queen’s Theatre in March 1708, billed now as ‘Signiora Maria Gallia Segonie’. After this she was advertised only for a benefit concert at York Buildings on March 29, 1710. Saggione was a member of the opera orchestra from spring 1708 until at least 1711, but had settled in Paris by 1715; presumably she accompanied him to France. Charles Burney was incorrect in stating that she was the sister of Margherita de l’Epine. L’Epine’s sister was Maria Manina and it was Manina, not Gallia, who sang the small role of Clizia in Handel’s Teseo in 1713.


  • R.D. Hume and J. Milhous, eds.: The London Stage, 1700–11, revised online version (
  • O. Baldwin and T. Wilson: ‘Who was Signora Margarita’s Sister?’, in M. Humphreys and M. Burden, eds., A Handbook for Studies in 18th-Century English Music, xv (2007), 39–48