(b Rome, 1783; d Paris, 3 June 1853). Italian bass. He made his début in 1801 at Naples as a tenor. On the advice of Giovanni Paisiello and of Luigi Marchesi, he became a bass, making his second début in Gioachino Rossini's La cambiale di matrimonio at Padua in 1811. The next year he sang Tarabotto in L'inganno felice at the Teatro S Moisè, Venice, the first of nine Rossini premières in which he took part, and made his début at La Scala as Polidoro in Pietro Generali's La vedova stravagante. During the next 13 years he appeared in over 60 different operas at La Scala, including 26 first performances. In one season (1814) he appeared in three operas by Ferdinando Paer and sang Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), the title role of Don Giovanni, Dandini in the first performance of Stefano Pavesi's Agatina and Selim at the première of Il turco in Italia. Other Rossini premières at La Scala included La pietra del paragone (Count Asdrubale, 1812) and La gazza ladra (Fernando, 1817).
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.