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Boretti, Giovanni Antonio

Ellen Rosand

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Rome, c1638; d Venice, Dec 29, 1672). Italian composer and singer. Much of the information concerning his brief career, spent primarily in Venice, derives from prefaces to librettos of operas he wrote in the late 1660s and early 70s. The preface to Alessandro amante (dated 1667) cites him as the composer of the opera and also as interpreter of one of the leading roles. His singing career had in fact begun somewhat earlier, but he is not the Guid’Antonio Boretti from Gubbio who was listed in the cast of La maga fulminata (1638, Venice) and who was a singer in the papal chapel (1619–46). He was a bass singer at S Antonio, Padua, between 1659 and 1661, when he was dismissed for being absent without leave. He probably moved to Venice in 1662, spending much of the next nine years there. However, his name appears in the cast-list of an opera performed in Turin in ...

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