Millico, (Vito) Giuseppe

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Millico, (Vito) Giuseppe

Millico, (Vito) Giuseppe, Italian castrato soprano, singing teacher, and composer; b. Ter lizzi, near Bari, Jan. 19, 1737; d. Naples, Oct. 2, 1802. After singing at the St. Petersburg Imperial Court (1758–65), he was active in Italy. He became a friend of Gluck and created the role of Paris in his Paride ed Elena (Vienna, Nov. 3, 1770). Following appearances in London (1772–73) and Paris (1774), Millico sang in Zweibrücken and Mannheim. In 1780 he returned to Italy and became virtuoso di camera of the Naples royal chapel. Among his works were several operas and cantatas, as well as many arias, canzonettas, and duets.


M. Belluci La Salandria, V.G. M. (Baris, 1951).

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