Pasquale Bondini


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(b ?Bonn, ?1737; d Bruneck, Tyrol, 30/31 Oct 1789). Italian impresario and bass. He is first mentioned as a buffo bass in Cajetan Molinari's opera company at Prague in the 1762–3 season. He was later a prominent member of Giuseppe Bustelli's company in Prague and Dresden. In 1777 he became director of the Elector of Saxony's new company at Dresden where he obtained the right to present the Churfürstlich Sächsische Hofcomödianten; he also assumed responsibility for Leipzig. Under J. C. Brandes and later J. F. Reinecke as heads of drama the company's repertory also included plays by William Shakespeare, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and Friedrich Schiller. Operas performed included works by virtually all the leading Italian composers of the day. In 1781 Bondini also took over direction of the theatre at Count Thun's palace in Prague and shortly afterwards Count Nostitz's theatre. His company performed at Leipzig mainly in the summer, where a merchant-dominated audience could still be found, and gave Die Entführung there at Michaelmas 1783 and at Dresden on 12 January 1785. But because he and his personnel were so heavily extended by his many activities, Bondini was obliged to engage other troupes and managers. His most important assistant was Domenico Guardasoni, who in 1787 became his co-director and in 1788 or 1789 his successor as impresario of the operatic side of his companies. Johann Joseph Strobach became musical director in 1785, and though the opera ensemble was small, it was highly regarded and very popular.


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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