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Masaniello (mäzänyĕl´lō), 1620?–1647, Neapolitan revolutionist, whose original name was Tommaso Aniello. A fisherman, he led a revolt of the lower classes, burdened by high taxes, against the Spanish rulers of Naples. Tumults broke out in 1647 and soon became so serious that the Spanish viceroy came to terms with Masaniello, promised the reforms demanded, and recognized him as captain general. Demented by his sudden success, Masaniello was killed shortly afterward either by agents of the Spanish viceroy or by his own disillusioned supporters. The revolution was soon repressed.

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Masaniello. Name usually given in Britain to Auber's opera in 5 acts La Muette de Portici (The Dumb Girl of Portici) to lib. by Scribe and Delavigne. Prod. Paris 1828, London 1829, NY 1831. Perf. in Brussels in 1830 led to Belgian revolt (plot being based on Neapolitan uprising against Spanish oppressors, 1647).

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