Pellegrini, Valeriano , Italian castrato soprano and composer; b. Verona, date unknown; d. after 1729. He was in the service of the elector palatine in Düsseldorf from about 1705 until 1716. He also was active in London, where he made his concert debut on April 9, 1712, and was principal castrato at the Queen’s Theatre, where he created Handel’s Mirtillo in II pastor fido (Nov. 22, 1712) and Teseo (Jan. 10, 1713). From 1716 he pursued his career in Italy. He spent his last years in Rome as a priest.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire
More From encyclopedia.com
Bergonzi, Carlo , Bergonzi, Carlo Bergonzi, Carlo, eminent Italian tenor; b. Polisene, near Parma, July 13, 1924. He studied with Grandini in Parma, where he also took… Michael William Balfe , Balfe, Michael William, notable Irish composer; b. Dublin, May 15, 1808; d. Rowney Abbey, Hertfordshire, Oct. 20, 1870. He was the son of a dancing m… Beniamino Gigli , Gigli, Beniamino Gigli, Beniamino, celebrated Italian tenor; b. Recanati, March 20, 1890; d. Rome, Nov. 30, 1957. He was a chorister at Recanati Cath… Italians , LOCATION: Italy POPULATION: About 58 million LANGUAGE: Italian, French, Slovene, German, and Fruilian RELIGION: Roman Catholic; small numbers of Prot… Tito Gobbi , Gobbi, Tito Gobbi, Tito, famous Italian baritone; b. Bassano del Grappa, near Venice, Oct. 24, 1913; d. Rome, March 5, 1984. He received vocal lesson… Sergio Leone , Nationality: Italian. Born: Rome, 3 January 1929. Education: Attended law school, Rome. Family: Son of director Vincenzo Leone; married Carla (Leone)…
About this article
Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article
You Might Also Like
Pelletier, Hon. Benoît, LL.L., LL.M., LL.D. (Chapleau) Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and Native Affairs