(b Vertova, Bergamo, 1775; d Naples, 12 Dec 1832). Italian tenor. He studied in Bergamo and made his début in 1794 at Pavia. After singing in Rome, Milan, Parma and Bergamo, in 1803 he was engaged at the Théâtre Italien in Paris, appearing in Ferdinando Paer's Principe di Taranto and Griselda, Giovanni Paisiello's Nina and Domenico Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto. From 1812 he was engaged in Naples, where he sang in Gaspare Spontini's La vestale, Simon Mayr's Medea in Corinto (creating Jason in 1813) and C. W. Gluck's Iphigénie en Aulide. At the S Carlo he created roles in eight operas by Gioachino Rossini: Leicester in Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra (1815); Rinaldo in Armida (1817); Osiride in Mosè in Egitto and Agorante in Ricciardo e Zoraide (1818); Pyrrhus in Ermione and Roderick Dhu in La donna del lago (1819); Erisso in Maometto II (1820) and Antenore in Zelmira, as well as the title role of Gaetano Donizetti's Alfredo il grande (1823). At the Teatro del Fondo he created the title role of Rossini's Otello (1816), amazing the public with the force and agility of his singing and the nobility of his bearing. He retired in 1825.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.