Domenico Panzacchi

(c. 1730—1805)

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(b Bologna, c1730; d Bologna, 1805). Italian tenor. He is said to have been a pupil of Bernacchi and sang in opera seria from 1746. In Vienna in 1748–9 he first worked with Anton Raaff, who was to overshadow him in parts of his later career. In 1751–7 he was at Madrid (Raaff arriving at a higher salary in 1755), and from 1760 until his pensioning in 1782 he was in the service of the Munich court (which Raaff joined after 1778), with occasional operatic engagements in Italy. He sang the title roles in Andrea Bernasconi's Agelmondo (1760), Temistocle (1762) and Demofoonte (1766), but he is best remembered for creating Arbaces in Idomeneo (1781); he was a great favourite with the Munich audiences, and Mozart found his singing and acting worthy of respect.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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