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Open Features: Gaetano Guadagni

Peter Wintersgill sketches the career of Gaetano Guadagni, an 18th Century Italian singer.

1725 in Lodi, Italy.

Adult Life
Guadagni made his debut in Parma in 1747. He joined a ‘buffa’ company, which visited England in 1748, remaining there and in Dublin until 1755. He sang in Samson and also in Messiah for Handel in 1750. The composer transposed or rewrote several arias for him, a castrato.

After studying with Gizziello in Lisbon, he created the role of Orpheus in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in Vienna in 1762 and Telemace in 1765.

Guadagni died in Padua in November 1792, aged 67.


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