(b Bologna, 1767; d Florence, 28 Feb 1837). Italian bass-baritone. He made his début in 1791 at Bologna in Domenico Cimarosa's Il fanatico burlato. He sang in Naples, Venice, Parma, at La Scala and at the Teatro Argentina, Rome, where in 1816 he created Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, a role that Gioachino Rossini, whose father was a family friend, had written specially for him. For two seasons from 1829 he directed an Italian company at St Petersburg, performing 19 Rossini operas (and other works) in Italian, with recitatives intact.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.