Antonio Maria Bernacchi


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(b Bologna, 1685; d Bologna, 1756).

It. alto castrato. Sang in Ger. and studied counterpoint in Munich. It. opera début Genoa 1703. From 1709 to 1736 sang in most It. cities, and regularly in Munich 1720–7. London début 1716. Engaged as prin. singer by Handel for London season 1729–30. Retired 1736 and founded singing sch. in Bologna.

Subjects: Opera.

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