Guarducci, Tommaso, notable Italian castrate soprano; b. Montefiascone, c. 1720; d. after 1770. He was a pupil in Bologna of Bernacchi. From about 1745 he sang in many Italian music centers. In 1750 he became a prominent singer at the Spanish court; he also appeared at the Vienna court from 1752, while continuing his career in Italy. After singing at the King’s Theatre in London (1766-68), he retired to his homeland in 1770.
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