(b Fabriano, nr Ancona, bap. 21 May 1740; d Padua, 28 Oct 1821). Italian soprano castrato. Trained at either Forlì Cathedral or with Ferdinando Bertoni at S Marco, Venice (where he was principal soloist for three years from 28 February 1765), he remained in Venice until 1770, taking a minor operatic role at the Teatro S Giovanni Grisostomo (1766) and singing in Baldassare Galuppi's Il re pastore in 1769. After an appointment as primo uomo at Palermo he sang in Naples as the partner of Anna de Amicis, beginning in 1771 with the première of Niccolò Jommelli's Ifigenia in Tauride (Orestes) and performing frequently at S Carlo up to Carnival 1776. He also sang in Bologna in Carnival 1773 (Ferdinando Bertoni's Olimpiade) and at the Naples court theatre in Carnival 1774 (C. W. Gluck's Orfeo), and for Carnival 1775 he was engaged at the Regio Ducal Teatro, Milan.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.