(b Milan, 1785; d Torno, Como, March 1875). Italian tenor. He sang from an early age in the major Italian cities, including Milan, Naples, where he created Alberto in Gioachino Rossini's La gazzetta (1816), and Pesaro, where he sang Giannetto in La gazza ladra (1818). He made his London début in 1821 at the King's Theatre as W. A. Mozart's Titus and sang there until 1837. His roles included Rossini's Otello, Agorante (Ricciardo e Zoraide) and King James (La donna del lago), Carolino (Simon Mayr's Il fanatico per la musica), Ferrando, Adriano in the London première of Il crociato in Egitto (1825) and Pollione with Giulia Grisi in her first Norma (1835). He created Orombello in Beatrice di Tenda (1833, Venice). Reputed to have a ‘sweet, mellifluous-toned voice’, he also had a fine stage presence.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.