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Volume 16, no. 1:

Colleen Reardon*

Launching the Career of a secondo uomo in Late Seventeenth-Century Italy

Appendix

Tamburini Career Chronology

The information included below is either taken from the libretti I was able to examine personally or is compiled from material contained in the following sources:

Bianconi, Lorenzo. “Funktionen des Operntheaters in Neapel bis 1700 und die Rolle Alessandro Scarlattis.” In Colloquium Alessandro Scarlatti, Würzburg 1975, ed. Wolfgang Osthoff and Jutta Ruile-Dronke, 13–111. Tutzing: Hans Schneider, 1979. (B)

Griffin, Thomas. Musical References in the Gazzetta di Napoli, 1681–1725. Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1993. (G)

Sartori, Claudio. I libretti italiani a stampa dalle origini al 1800. 6 vols. Cuneo: Bertola e Locatelli, 1990–4. (S)

Weaver, Robert Lamar, and Norma Wright Weaver. A Chronology of Music in the Florentine Theater, 1590–1750. Detroit: Information Coordinators, Inc., 1978. (W)

Names and titles are given in the chronology below as they appear in the various sources and this means that I reproduce both misspellings and inconsistencies found therein. My own attributions are enclosed in brackets.

No. 1

 

Carnival 1690

Florence

La Rosaura

   

Text:

Text: Antonio Arcoleo (W)

Music:

Music: Giacomo A. Perti (W)

Produced by the Accademia degli Infuocati for Violante Beatrice of Bavaria (wife of Prince Ferdinando de’ Medici). The libretto is virtually identical to that issued for the 1690 performance of the same opera in Naples, with substitute arias and one character (Niso) cut (S).

   

Cast:

Diana Caterina Luppi di Ferrara, virt. del conte Ercole Estense Mosti (Rosaura)
Domenico Sarti di Lucca (Feraspe)
Carlo Antonio Zanatta di Bologna (Gelindo)
Gio. Paolo Tiloni di Ferrara, musico del conte Pinamonte Buonacosa (Fidauro)
Guglielmo Fea di Bologna (Arsace)
Elena Garofalini di Bologna, virt. del ser. di Mantova (Ersilla)
Gio. Batista Tamburini di Siena (Gilbo)

 

 

No. 2

 

Carnival 1690

Florence

Il Lisimaco

   

Text:

Giacomo Sinibaldo (W)

Music:

Bernardo Pasquini (W)

Produced by the Accademia degli Infuocati for Prince Ferdinando de’ Medici. The libretto is virtually identical to that issued for the 1683 performance of the same opera in Naples, with substitute arias (S).

   

Cast:

Domenico Sarti di Lucca (Alessandro)
Carlo Antonio Zanatta di Bologna (Lisimaco)
Gio. Paolo Tiloni di Ferrara, musico del conte Pinamonte Buonacosa (Demetrio)
Anton Maria Ristorini (Cleonte)
Guglielmo Fea di Bologna (Calistene)
Garofalini di Bologna, virt. del ser. di Mantova (Alcimena)
Diana Caterina Luppi di Ferrara, virt. del conte Ercole Estense Mosti (Filea)
Gio. Battista Tamburini di Siena (Corebo)
Anton Panichi (Anfrisa)

 

 

No. 3

 

May–June 1690

Siena

L’onestà negli amori

   

Text:

Felice Parnasso

Music:

Alessandro Scarlatti

Dedication signed May 24, 1690. Produced by the Accademia dei Rozzi and dedicated to Cardinal Flavio Chigi. Music for the prologue, intermezzi, other additions composed by academy member Giuseppe Fabbrini, maestro di cappella at Siena Cathedral and at the Collegio Tolomei.

   

Cast

Gio. Simone Britij sanese (Onestà)
Ulivieri Matraia lucchese (Pallade/Rosanno)
Antonio Dameli sanese (Giaser)
Maria Maddalena Fratini di Fiorenza (Rosmira)
Pier Francesco Gabbrielli di Fiorenza (Alì)
Elena Garofalini bolognese, virt. del ser. di Mantova (Elisa)
Gio. Battista Tamburini sanese, Accad. Rozzo L’Accarezzato (Bacucco)
Mattia Bartali sanese, Accad. Rozzo Il Criccioso (Saldino)

 

 

No. 4

 

May–June 1691

Siena

L’Aldimiro o vero Favor per favore

   

Text:

G. De Totis (B)

Music:

Alessandro Scarlatti (B)

Dedication signed May 20, 1691. Produced by Accademia dei Rozzi and dedicated to Cardinal Francesco Maria de’ Medici. The libretto is virtually identical to that issued for the 1683 performance of the same opera in Naples, with two added scenes and five substitute arias (S).

   

Cast:

Anton Maria Ristorini (Aldimiro)
Antonio Dameli (Rosmiro)
Anna Lisi (Arsinda)
Maria Caterina Gosler (Dorisbe)
Maria Maddal. Fratini (Rondinella)
Olivieri Matraia (Lucimoro)
Gio. Battista Tamburini (Lisardo)

 

 

No. 5

 

August 1695

Siena

Il Pirro e Demetrio

   

Music:

Alessandro Scarlatti (B)

Dances:

Giacomo Puccioni

Scenery and machines:

Vincenzo Ferrati

 

Dedication signed August 10, 1695. Produced by the Accademia dei Rozzi and dedicated to Violante Beatrice di Baviera. Music for the prologue and intermezzi was composed by academy member Domenico Franchini, organist at Siena Cathedral. Names of the singers appear in broadsides issued in their honor; only the singer who played Arbante did not receive a broadside.

   

Cast:

Stefano Frilli (Pirro)
Gio. Biagio Cappannini (Demetrio)
Maria Rosa Bracci, virt. del principe di Toscana (Deidamia)
Maria Domenica Marini (Climene)
Gio. Battista Tamburini, virt. del cardinale di Toscana (Clearte)
Giacinto Guasti (Mario)
Cherubina Bracci (Breno)

 

 

No. 6

 

April 1697

Piacenza

La virtù trionfante dell’inganno

   

Music:

Bernardo Sabadini

Scenery:

Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena

Costumes:

Cristoforo Frigerij

 

Dedicated by Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena to Francesco I, duke of Piacenza and Parma. See Tamburini’s letters of 25 April and 3 May 1697 (I-Fas, MP 5835, nos. 680, 681).

   

Cast:

Maria Maddalena Musi del ser. di Mantova (Eraclea)
Vittoria Ricci del ser. di Mantova (Demarata)
Alessandra Scaccia di Parma (Elidaura)
Matteo Sassani di Napoli (Epicide)
Gio. Battista Tamburini del card. de’ Medici (Apollonide)
Giuseppe Scaccia del ser. di Parma (Sosippo)
Antonio Predieri del ser. di Parma (Lindora)
Pietro Paolo Benigni del ser. di Parma (Scialba)

 

 

No. 7

 

November 1697

Parma

L’Atalanta

   

Music:

Bernardo Sabadini

 

Dedicated to Francesco I, duke of Parma and Piacenza. See Tamburini’s letter of November 8, 1697 (I-Fas, MP 5835, no. 703).

   

Casts:

Nicola Tricarico del ser. di Mantova (Meleagro)
Gioanna Gabrielli del ser. di Mantova (Atalanta)
Angiola Cochi del ser. di Mantova (Silvia)
Gio. Battista Tamburini del card. Medici di Toscana (Aminta)
Gio. Paolo Cavana di Lodi (Alindo)

 

 

No. 8

 

Carnival 1697–8

Parma

Furio Camillo

   

Music:

Giacomo Perti and Bernardo Sabadini

Scenery:

Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena

Costumes:

Christoforo Frigerio

 

Dedicated to Francesco I, duke of Parma and Piacenza. See Tamburini’s letters of November 8, 1697 (I-Fas, MP 5835, no. 703), and of 30 January and 14 February 1698 (I-Fas, MP 5836, nos. 672, 673). See also I-Fas, MP 5778, fol. 19r.

   

Cast:

Nicola Tricarico del ser. di Mantova (Camillo)
Francesco Tresini da Lodi (Elio)
Giuseppe Strada del ser. di Mantova (Eurimene)
Giovanna Gabrielli del ser. di Mantova (Lidia)
Gio. Battista Tamburini del card. Medici di Toscana (Arideo)
Paolo Todorvich del card. Palavicini (Erippo)
Angiola Cochi del ser. di Mantova (Cloridea)
Gio. Paolo Cravena da Lodi (Gilbo)

 

 

No. 9

 

Autumn 1698

Genoa

L’Alarico

   

Text:

Giacomo Maggi

Music:

Bernardo Sabadini

Scenery:

Francesco Galli-Bibiena

   

According to Sabadini, Tamburini’s performance in the first opera of the season was so pleasing that the impresarios wanted him to sing in the second opera until he had to leave for his engagement in Turin. The first opera opened in October 1698; the second one ran into November. It is not clear which of the two operas performed in Genoa that autumn—L’Alarico and Il Domizio—opened the season and which was mounted second. See I-Fas, MP 5779, fols. 691r–v, 694r.

 

 

No. 10

 

Autumn 1698

Genoa

Il Domizio

   

Text:

G. C. Corradi (S)

Music:

Bernardo Sabadini

Scenery:

Francesco Galli-Bibiena

Costumes:

Cristoforo Frigeri

   

See note to L’Alarico (TCC No. 9).

 

 

No. 11

 

Nov.–Dec. 1698

Turin

Unknown opera

 

Tamburini’s letter of December 12, 1698, mentioned an opera that had just opened and would continue through the 21st of the month for fourteen performances. The singer then noted that the second opera would open on St. Stephen’s Day. See I-Fas, 5836, no. 684.

 

 

No. 12

 

Carnival 1698–9

Turin

Unknown opera

 

In his letter from December 27, 1698, Tamburini noted that he was performing in a “second opera” that he never named. See I-Fas, MP 5836, no. 685.

 

 

No. 13

 

Carnival 1698–9

Turin

Esione

   

Text:

Pietro d’Averara (S)

Music:

Signor Ballarotti, maestro di cappella at Bergamo

Scenery:

Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena (carried out by Pietro Abbati)

   

Dedication:

Dedicated to the Duchess of Turin. Tamburini’s letters of 7 and 30 January 1699 mentioned a third opera, full of pomp, which opened on January 24 to enthusiastic crowds. I assume that it was Esione, the only opera from that season whose libretto identifies the composer and the singers and provides a list of all the dances performed. See I-Fas, MP 5838, unn. fols.

   

Cast:

Margarita Salicola Suini (Esione)
Diana Oreli d’Averara (Berenice)
Nicola Paris (Telamone)
Stefano Romani (Deianira)
Antonio Borosini (Ercole)
Gio. Battista Tamburini (Agide)
Giuseppe Marsili (Laomedonte)
Antonio Cotini (Balzo)
Andrea Franci (Doriclea)

 

 

No. 14

 

September 1699

Pratolino

Faramondo

   

Text:

Apostolo Zeno, with significant alterations (W)

Music:

Carlo Francesco Pollaroli (S, W)

 

Performed on 6 and 13 September (W)

   

Cast:

Giovanni Battista Tamburini

 

 

No. 15

 

Nov.–Dec. 1699

Turin

L’incoronazione di Dario

   

Music:

Legnani (S)

 

Tamburini’s letters of 19 November and of 17 and 30 December 1699 establish the time frame for the performances of this opera, which was scheduled to open on November 24 and which closed on or before December 30, 1699. The cast list comes from Tamburini’s letters as well. See I-Fas, MP 5838, unn. fols.

   

Cast:

Giovanni Buzzoleni
Luigi Albarelli (“il Luigino del duca di Modena”)
Diamante Maria Scarabelli (“La Diamantina di Mantova”)
Maddalena Bonavia di Mantova
Diana Averari della duchessa di Torino
Gio. Battista Tamburini

 

 

No. 16

 

January 1700

Turin

Il Muzio Scevola

   

Text:

Nicolò Minato, with alterations by Silvio Stampiglia (S)

Music:

Diverse composers, including Giovanni Bononcini (S)

 

Tamburini letter of December 17 noted that the opera was scheduled to open on St. Stephen’s Day, but in his letter of December 30 he revealed that the opening date had been postponed to January 6. It is probable that the cast comprised singers who had performed in L’incoronazione di Dario (TCC no. 15). See I-Fas, MP 5838, unn. fols.

 

 

No. 17

 

October 1700

Rovigo

Prassitele in Gnido

   

Text:

Aurelio Aurelio (S)

Music:

Agostino Bonaventura Colletti

 

The libretto identifies the composer as “lucchese” and the music as “bizzarra”. The production included dances. Donato Legnani assures the cardinal that the cast is good and that Benati will help Tamburini learn his role; I-Fas, MP 5781, fols. 1590r–v.

 

Cast:

Antonio Giustachino, virt. di S.A.S. di Man. (Prassitele)
Diamante Scarabelli, virt. di S.A.S. di Man. (Nicea)
Giovanna Albertini, virt. di S.A.S. di Man. (Dorilla)
Gio. Battista Tamburini, virt. del card. de’ Medici (Melisto)
Maria Domenica Marini, virt. del G. Prencipe di Toscana (Fileno)

 

 

No. 18

 

Carnival 1700–1

Livorno

Il trionfo di Camilla, regina de’ Volsci

   

Text:

Silvio Stampiglia

Music:

Giovanni Bononcini

 

On December 27, 1700, Tamburini informed the cardinal that the production had opened the previous night. He also named other members of the cast (which included an unnamed “musico” from Mantua) in a letter of December 19. See I-Fas, MP 5840, fols. 642r –643v, 645r–v.

   

Cast:

Raffaello Baldi (“Raffaellino”)
Giuseppe Canavese
Vittoria Tarquini (“Bombagi”)
Gio. Battista Tamburini

 

 

No. 19

 

Carnival 1700–1

Livorno

Unknown opera

 

On December 19, 1700, Tamburini wrote the cardinal that he had a “leading role” in the opera that would follow Camilla during Carnival season in Livorno and that he hoped to cover himself in glory with the arias that Contini had composed especially for him. (See the documents cited in TCC no. 18.)

 

 

No. 20

 

March–April 1701

Pisa

Alba soggiogata da’ Romani

   

Text:

Adriano Morselli and Silvio Stampiglia (W)

Music:

Giovanni Bononcini (W)

 

The libretto, based on Tullo Ostilio (S), was dedicated to Cardinal Francesco Maria de’ Medici. The dedication to the libretto indicates the opera was mounted during the traditional Medici court visit to Pisa in February (W). Letters to Cardinal Francesco Maria de’ Medici from Odoardo Venerosi of Pisa, however, establish that an opera in which Tamburini performed opened in late March and ended in late April. See I-Fas, MP 5782, fols. 392r–v, 517r. For a letter on the singers in the production, including Tamburini, see Leonardo Spinelli, Il principe in fuga e la principessa straniera. Vita e teatro alla corte di Ferdinando de’ Medici e di Violante di Baviera (1675–1731) (Florence: Le Lettere, 2010), 132.

   

Cast:

Pietro Mozzi del ser. di Mantova (Tullo Ostilio)
Maria Caterina Icostor detta la Tedeschina (Martia)
Giuliano Albertini di Firenze (Valerio)
Luigi Damoni di Firenze (Irene)
Maria Maddalena Vettori del Gran Principe di Toscana (Sabina)
Gio. Battista Tamburini del Card. de’ Medici (Silvio)
Clara Sassi del ser. di Mantova (Ascanio)
Stefano Coralli del ser. di Mantova (Millo)

 

 

No. 21

 

[Spring] 1701

Florence

Alba soggiogata da’ Romani

   

Text:

Adriano Morselli and Silvio Stampiglia (W)

Music:

Giovanni Bononcini (W)

 

Weaver states that this revival took place after the Pisa performance listed above (see TCC no. 20). The significant overlap in cast members for the Pisa and the Florence performances suggests that both were mounted close in time. However, the Florentine production could not have been staged during Carnival since Tamburini was otherwise engaged. Spring or early summer of 1701 seems the most logical time for the Florentine performance.

   

Cast:

Pietro Mozzi del ser. di Mantova (Tullo Ostilio)
Vittoria Costa bolognese (Marzia)
Giuliano Albertini di Firenze (Valerio)
Francesco Passerini bolognese (Irene)
Lodovica Petri torinese (Sabina)
Gio. Battista Tamburini del card. de’ Medici (Silvio)
Clara Sassi del ser. di Mantova (Ascanio)
Stefano Coralli del ser. di Mantova (Millo)

 

 

No. 22

 

Carnival 1701–2

Genoa

Lucio Vero

   

Cast:

Giovanni Bussoleni (Lucio Vero)
Maria Landini (Berenice)
Margherita Salvagnini (Lucilla)
Valeriano Pellegrini (Vologeso)
Gio. Battista Tamburini (Aniceto)
[Barbara] Cristina Morelli (Claudio)
Ortensia Beverini (Irene)
Stefano Maria Coralli (Niso)

 

 

No. 23

 

[Carnival 1701–2]

Genoa

Le garre dell’amore eroico o sia Il Muzio Scevola

 

This undated libretto was probably issued for the 1701 Carnival season: the cast list includes eight singers who also performed in Lucio Vero during the same season at the same theater.

   

Cast:

Nicola Paris (Muzio Scevola)
Giovanni Bozzoleni (Porsenna)
Valeriano Pellegrini (Ismeno)
Maria Landini (Valeria)
Margarita Salvagnini (Elisa)
Giambattista Tamburini (Orazio Coclite)
Giacomo Filippo Cabella (Publicola)
Barbara Cristina Morelli (Flora)
Ortensia Beverini (Lesbina)
Stefano Maria Coralli (Milo)

 

 

No. 24

 

June 1702

Siena

Tullo Ostilio

 

It is possible that this was simply a repeat performance of the opera performed in Pisa and Florence under the title Alba soggioggata da’ Romani (TCC nos. 20, 21). Vittoria Costa and Francesco Passerini had also sung in the Florence, 1701 performance; Stefano Coralli and Tamburini were veterans of both the Pisa and Florence performances.

   

Cast:

Antonio Dameli (Tullo Ostilio)
Diamante Maria Scarabelli (Marzia)
Niccola Remolini (Valerio)
Francesco Passerini (Irene)
Giovanni Battista Tamburini (Silvio)
Caterina Galerati (Ascanio)
Vittoria Costa (Sabina)
Stefano Coralli (Millo)
Marc’Antonio Berti (Ambasciator d’Alba)

 

 

No. 25

 

July–August 1702

Siena

La Giuditta di Baviera

   

Text:

Girolamo Gigli

 

Dedication signed July 3, 1702.

   

Cast:

Diamante Maria Scarabelli, virtuosa del Sereniss. di Mantova (Giuditta)
Gio. Battista Tamburini del Sereniss. Card. de’ Medici (Lotario)
Adriano Costa (Carlo)
Niccola Remolini della Maestà del Re de’ Romani (Adalgiso)
Vittoria Costa (Edvige)
Caterina Gallerati del Serenissimo Principe di Toscana (Berardo)
Antonio Dameli (Asprando)
Francesco Passerini (Nerina)
Stefano Corallo del Serenissimo di Mantova (Fronzo)

 

 

No. 26

 

[Aug.–Sept.] 1702

Siena

Il conte d’Altamura ovvero Il vecchio geloso

 

The libretto states only the year of the opera, but the presence of four singers who also performed in La Giuditta di Baviera suggests that it was mounted during the same summer season as that opera.

   

Cast:

Stefano Coralli virtuoso del Sereniss. di Mantova (Fulderigo)
Vittoria Costa (Tisbina)
Anna Marchesini del Sereniss. Card. de’ Medici (Leodilla)
Niccola Remolini della Maestà del Re de’ Romani (Iroldo)
Gio. Battista Tamburini del Sereniss. Card. de’ Medici (Ordauro)

 

 

No. 27

 

[Carnival 1702–3]

[Venice]

[L’odio e l’amor]

   

Text:

Matteo Noris

Music:

Carlo Francesco Pollarolo (S)

 

In a letter from Venice dated January 20, 1703, Tamburini made it clear that he was cast in two operas at the Grimani theater, but his name appears only on the libretto for Venceslao (TCC no. 28). L’odio e l’amor was the other opera presented in the Grimani theater during the 1702–3 season and featured many of the same cast members who sang in Venceslao; see Eleanor Selfridge-Field, A New Chronology of Venetian Opera and Related Genres, 1660–1760 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007), 254. According to Tamburini, L’odio e l’amor premiered on “the third feast day of Christmas” (la terza festa di Natale) and had bigger audiences than any other opera in Venice; see I-Fas, MP 5783, fol. 1867 r.

 

 

No. 28

 

Carnival 1702–3

Venice

Venceslao

   

Text:

Apostolo Zeno

Music:

Carlo Polaroli

Scenery and machines:

Tomasso Bezzi

Painter:

Giuseppe Sartini

 

According to Tamburini, this opera was set to premiere shortly after January 22, 1703, the date of the last performance of the first opera (see TCC no. 27). He was enthusiastic about the stellar cast. See I-Fas, MP 5785, fol. 78 r.

   

Cast:

Giovanni Buzzoleni (Venceslao)
Niccola Grimaldi (Casimiro)
Pietro Moggi [Mozzi] (Alessandro)
Diamante Maria Scarabelli (Lucinda)
Francesco de Grandis (Ernando)
Caterina Azzolini (Erenice)
Giambatista Tamburini (Gismondo)

 

 

No. 29

 

January 1704

Mantua

Il trionfo d’amore

   

Music:

Antonio Quintavalle

   

On December 17, 1703, Tamburini asked the Cardinal’s permission to leave that very day for Mantua, where he had been engaged to sing. This was the only opera performed in Mantua during that time period; the dedication to the libretto was signed on December 19, 1703, and Tamburini reported his success on January 10, 1704. See I-Fas, MP 5785, fol. 1970 r and MP 5784, fols. 56 r –57v.

 

 

No. 30

 

Spring 1704

Mantua

Paride sull’Ida

   

Music:

Antonio Caldara and Antonio Quintavalle

Scenery:

Gio. Speziga of Parma

   

Cast:

Gio. Battista Tamburini, virt. del princ. cardinale de’ Medici (Paride)
Lucrezia Giogiola, virt. di S.A.S. di Mantova (Enone)
Gio. Battista Carboni, virt. di S.A.S. di Mantova (Fileno)
Catterina Campielli veronese (Amarilli)
Lucia Machetta Rizzardi, virt. di S.A.S. di Mantova (Nerina)
Carlo Antonio dal Corno, virt. di S.A.S. di Parma (Liso)

 

 

No. 31

 

[Autumn 1704]

[Florence]

[Il più fedele fra i vassalli]

   

Text:

Francesco Silvani (W)

Music:

Francesco Gasparini (W)

   

The possibility that Tamburini was present in Florence for this opera is suggested by the libretto of La fede tradita e vendicata (TCC no. 32), which lists Tamburini among “the actors who performed this past autumn and are performing now for Carnival” (W).

 

 

No. 32

 

Carnival 1704–5

Florence

La fede tradita e vendicata

   

Text:

Francesco Silvani (W)

Music:

Francesco Gasparini

The libretto notes that the singers added arias not by Gasparini.

   

Cast:

Gio. Batista Tamburini, virt. del card. de’ Medici (Ricimero)
Niccola Remolini, virt. del re dei romani e dell’elettore di Brounsvich Hannover (Rodoaldo)
Maria Maddalena Buonavia bolognese (Ernelinda)
Antonia Toselli veneziana (Edvige)
Giovanna Albertini detta la Reggiana, virt. del ser.mo di Mantova (Vitige)
Giovanni Bernardi di Siena (Edelberto)
Abate Filippo Rossi di Firenze (Milo)
Ortenzia Beverini di Firenze (Lesbina)

 

 

No. 33

 

[Carnival 1704–5]

[Florence]

[Agarista ovvero Gl’inganni felici]

   

Text:

Apostolo Zeno

Music:

Alessandro Scarlatti

 

Weaver speculates that the same singers who performed in La fede tradita e vendicata might also have performed in this production.

 

 

No. 34

 

April 12, 1705

Florence

La costanza trionfante nel martirio di Santa Lucia

   

Text:

Bernardo Colzi

Music:

Giuseppe Maria Orlandini

 

Prince Ferdinando de’ Medici ordered that this oratorio be performed in the church of the Compagnia di S. Jacopo del Nicchio on Easter Sunday. For a full description of the performance, see Warren Kirkendale, The Court Musicians in Florence during the Principate of the Medici (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1993), 489–90.

   

Cast:

Matteo Sassani (Lucia)
Gio. Batista Tamburini (Eutichia)
Giuseppe Canavesi (Pascasio)
Rev. Padre Ferdinando Paolucci (Flavio)

 

 

No. 35

 

Carnival 1705–6

Milan

Unknown opera or operas

 

On November 21, 1705, Cardinal Francesco Maria de’ Medici wrote to Milan to ask Carlo Filippo Andrea Spinola, Duca di Sesto, to protect his “musico” Tamburini who was coming to sing in the operas there. Spinola responded on December 9, grateful that the cardinal had recommended Tamburini to him. See I-Fas, MP 5656, fols. 992 r, 859 r.

 

 

No. 36

 

September 1707

Pratolino

Dionisio re di Portogallo

   

Text:

Antonio Salvi (W)

Music:

Giacomo A. Perti (W)

 

Tamburini may have replaced Luigi Albarelli after the latter died on September 6, before the production could be staged. See Spinelli, Il principe in fuga, 112.

 

 

No. 37

 

June–July 1708

Naples

Artaserse

   

Text:

Giulio Agosti

Music:

Gioseppe Maria Orlandini

Scenery:

Gioseppe Cappelli

 

Dedication signed on June 7, 1708. Comic scenes and additional arias by A.P. [Abate Papis] and Francesco Mancini, Neapolitan maestro of the royal chapel. The Naples avvisi establish that the first performance of the opera took place on Saturday, June 9, 1708 (G). A note in the libretto preserved in the Biblioteca Universitaria, Bologna notes that on July 14, 1708, Anna Sarti died and was replaced in her role by Clara Sassi.

   

Cast:

Gio. Battista Tamburini (Artaserse)
Margherita Salvagnini (Agamira)
Michel’Angelo Pumelli (Idaspe)
Giuliano Albertini (Polineste)
Anna Marchesini (Aspasia)
Anna Sarti/Clara Sassi (Berenice)
Maria-Angelica Bracci (Dario)
Ludovica Petri (Semidea)
Giuseppe Ferrari (Lido)

 

 

No. 38

 

[Summer 1708]

Naples

È più caro il piacer doppo le pene

   

Music:

Nicolò Fago (“il Tarantino”)

Serenata celebrating the wedding of Tolomeo Gallo, Duke of Alvito, to Beatrice Tocco Sanseverino, an event which took place on July 19, 1708, according to the Neapolitan avvisi (G). The serenata was probably performed sometime not long after the wedding. Two singers named in the libretto, Tamburini and Marchesini, had already performed in the June–July production of Artaserse (TCC no. 37) and were scheduled to perform in November’s production of L’Agrippina (TCC, no. 40).

 

Cast:

Antonio Manna (Tempo)
Anna Maria Marchesini (Venere)
Lucrezia Sterni detta la Chiocciola (Amore)
Gio. Battista Tamburini (Imeneo)

 

 

No. 39

 

[Summer 1708]

[Naples]

[Aci, Galatea e Polifemo]

   

Music:

Georg Friedrich Handel

Libretto:

Nicola Giuvo

   

Serenata composed in honor of the wedding of Tolomeo Gallo, Duke of Alvito (see TCC no. 38). Juliane Riepe proposes that the same singers who performed Fago’s È più caro il piacer doppo le pene also performed this work and suggests that Tamburini might have sung the role of Galatea. This would not have been out of the question, for Tamburini had sung a female role in an oratorio performance in Florence in 1705 (see TCC no. 34). The music for Galatea, intended for a “mezzosoprano corto” with considerable agility would have certainly suited Tamburini’s voice. See Georg Friedrich Handel, Aci, Galatea e Polifemo: Serenata a tre, HWV 72, ed. Wolfram Windszus with Annerose Koch and Annette Landgraf, Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, ser. 1, vol. 5 (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2000), xv.

 

 

No. 40

 

November 1708

Naples

L’Agrippina

   

Music:

Nicola Porpora

 

Dedicated to Vincenzo Grimani, prince, cardinal, and viceroy of Naples. According to the Neapolitan avvisi, the opera opened on November 10, 1708 (G).

 

Cast:

Giuliano Albertini (Germanico)
Anna Maria Marchesini (Agrippina)
Michel’Angiolo Pomelli (Caligola)
Gio. Battista Tamburrini (Giunio)
Antonio Tornieri (Settimio)
Margarita Salvagnini (Oristilla)
Vittoria Costi (Giulia)
Lodovica Petri (Armilla)
Giuseppe Ferrari (Planco)

 

 

No. 41

 

Carnival 1708–9

Naples

Il Maurizio

   

Text:

Nicolò Minati

Music:

Antonio Orefici

Scenery:

Gioseppe Cappelli

 

Dedicated to Vincenzo Grimani, prince, cardinal, and viceroy of Naples. Comic scenes and all arias marked with the sign % are by Abbate Papis. Neapolitan avvisi place the opening on December 27, 1708 (G).

 

Cast:

Francesco de Grandis (Tiberio II)
Giuliano Albertini (Maurizio)
Gio. Battista Tamburini (Cosdroe)
Margarita Salvagnini (Ergilda)
Annamaria Marchesini (Placilla)
Vittoria Costa (Cirene)
Michel’Angelo Pomelli (Ircano)
Lodovica Petri (Bellina)
Giuseppe Ferrari (Lenno)

 

 

No. 42

 

Carnival 1709

Naples

Il Teodosio

   

Music:

Alessandro Scarlatti

Scenery:

Gioseppe Cappelli

 

Dedicated to Vincenzo Grimani, cardinal, and viceroy of Naples. Libretto signed on January 28, 1709, which appears to be the opening date of the opera (G). A copy of the libretto in the Biblioteca Universitaria of Bologna has a handwritten note stating “February 1709; ten performances” (febbraio 1709; 10 recite).

 

Cast:

Gio. Battista Tamburini (Teodosio)
Anna Maria Marchesini (Pulcheria)
Francesco de Grandis (Valentiniano)
Michel’Angelo Pomelli (Lireno)
Giuliano Albertini (Isdegarde)
Margarita Salvagnini (Berenice)
Vittoria Costi (Oronte)
Lodovica Petri (Dorilla)
Giuseppe Ferrari (Delbo)

 

 

No. 43

 

Carnival 1710

Genoa

L’Artaserse

   

Music:

Giuseppe Maria Orlandini

 

This production was probably similar in its essentials to that done in Naples in June 1708, which also featured Tamburini in the title role (see TCC no. 37).

 

Cast:

Gio. Battista Tamburini (Artaserse)
Rosaura Massanti fiorentina (Agamira)
Francesco Braganti Tarlese (Mitridate)
Gasparo Geri fiorentino (Idaspe)
Lucia Bonetti bolognese (Aspasia)
Cecelia Morotti regiana (Berenice)
Giuseppe Cavana mantovano (Dario)
Antonio Pedrieri bolognese (Semidea)
Francesco Bernasconi bolognese (Lido)

 

 

No. 44

 

May 1710

Pavia

La Griselda

   

Scenery:

Gio. Carlo Novati

 

Dedication signed on May 11, 1710, by the impresario.

 

Cast:

Gio. Battista Tamburini del gran principe di Toscana (Gualtiero)
Maria Giusti romana detta la Romanina (Griselda)
Rosaura Mazzanti fiorentina (Costanza)
Alessandro Bisozzi milanese (Ottone)
Francesco Braghanti forlivese (Corrado)
Antonio Gaspari veneziano (Roberto)
Michele Salvatici modonese del gran princ. di Toscana (Memmio)
Ortensia Beverini fiorentina del gran princ. di Toscana (Attilia)

No. 45

 

October 1710

Florence

La forza dell’innocenza

 

Dedication signed on October 25, 1710, by the impresario, who noted that Gio. Domenico Pioli had added comic scenes and substitute arias.

 

Cast:

Gio. Batista Tamburini, virt. del princ. Francesco Maria de’ Medici (Lodovico II)
Maria Anna Benti, detta la Romanina (Engelberta)
Lucia Bevarini, detta la Mantovanina (Matilde)
Lucinda Diana Grifoni di Firenze (Bonoso)
Ortenzia Bevarini, virt. di Ferdinando gran princ. di Toscana (Arrigo)
Chiara Stella Cenachi di Bologna (Ernesto)
Lorenzo Bagnoli di Firenze (Ottone)
Anna Maria Bianchi, virt. di Ferdinando gran princ. di Toscana (Auretta)
Ippolito Cigna di Volterra (Gildo)

 

 

No. 46

 

Carnival 1711

Florence

La forza della fedeltà

   

Text:

Adriano Morselli (W)

Music:

Alessandro Scarlatti (W)

 

A Florentine court diarist noted that this opera opened on February 3, 1711, and identified it as Pirro e Demetrio, which suggests it might have been a revival of the Scarlatti opera done in Florence in 1696 (W).

 

Cast:

Gio. Batista Tamburini, virt. del princ. Francesco Maria de’ Medici (Pirro) Chiara Stella Cenachi di Bologna (Demetrio)
Lucinda Diana Grifoni di Firenze (Deidamia)
Anna Maria Benti detta la Romanina (Climene)
Lucia Bevarini detta la Mantovanina (Clearte)
Antonio Francesco Gabrielli di Firenze (Arbante)
Ortenzia Beverini, virt. di Ferdinando gran princ. di Toscana (Mario)
Ipolito Cigna di Volterra (Breno)
Anna Maria Bianchi, virt. di Ferdinando gran princ. di Toscana (Drusilla)

 

 

No. 47

 

April 1711

Bologna

Il Giustino

   

Text:

updated by Pietro Pariati

Music:

Tommaso Albinoni

Scenery:

Pompeo Aldrovandini

Machines, special effects:

Gio. Andrea Ferreri

 

Dedication signed on April 19, 1711. On January 6, 1711, Filippo Giuseppe Calderini thanked Francesco Maria for allowing Tamburini to sing in the opera to be performed in spring. See I-Fas, MP 5859, fol. 1465 r.

 

Cast:

Diamante Maria Scarabelli (Arianna)
Giovanni Paita (Anastasio)
Margherita Durastanti (Giustino)
Angiola Augusti (Eufemia)
Gio. Battista Carboni (Vitaliano)
Margherita Zani (Andronico)
Gio. Battista Tamburini (Amanzio)
Pietro Paolo Laurenti (Erasto/Polimante)
Anna Maria Buganzi (Lisa/Fortuna)

 

 

No. 48

 

Carnival 1712

Ancona

Berenice regina d’Egitto

     

Cast:

Domenico Fontani di Firenze (Berenice)
Luigi Sorì di Vicenza (Selene)
Gio. Battista Tamburini di Siena musico della corte di Toscana (Demetrio)
Giov. Battista Minelli di Bologna (Alessandro)
Gaspare Geri di Firenze (Fabio)
Lorenzo Porciatti di Firenze, virt. della gran princ. di Toscana (Arsace)
Michel Selvatici di Modena, virt. del gran. princ. di Toscana (Aristobolo)
Gio. Francesco Silvy di Ancona (Irene)

 

 

No. 49

 

Carnival 1712

Ancona

L’Engelberta o vero La forza dell’innocenza

 

This production was probably very similar to that presented in Florence in 1710, without the part of Matilde (see TCC no. 45).

 

Cast:

Gio. Battista Tamburini di Siena virt. della corte di Toscana (Lodovico II)
Luigi Soré di Vicenza (Engelberta)
Gio. Battista Minelli di Bologna (Bonoso)
Lorenzo Porciatti di Firenze, virt. della gran princ. di Toscana (Arrigo)
Gaspare Geri di Firenze (Ernesto)
Salvatore Felgi di Ascoli (Ottone)
Michel Selvatici di Modena, virt. del gran. princ. di Toscana (Gildo)
Gio. Francesco Silvij di Ancona (Auretta)

 

 

No. 50

 

May 1712

Ferrara

Le risa di Democrito

   

Music:

Francesco Pistochi

 

The imprimatur for the libretto is dated May 1, 1712.

 

Cast:

Antonio Ristorini (Democrito)
Domenico Tempesti (Lisimaco)
Maria Anna Benti detta la Romanina (Rosinda)
Gio. Battista Minelli (Cosmiro)
Rosa Ungarelli (Olinda)
Michele Sevatici (Macrina)
Gio. Battista Tamburini (Aristeo)
Carlo Amaini (Telo)

 

 

No. 51

 

Spring 1712

Ferrara

Teuzzone

   

Text:

Apostolo Zeno

Music:

Giuseppe Maria Orlandini, with additions by others

Scenery:

Carlo Buffagnotti

 

Dedication signed May 25, 1712. Intermezzi performed by Rosa Ungarelli and Michele Selvatici.

 

Cast:

Francesco Bernardi detto il Sanesino (Teuzzone)
Diamante Maria Scarabelli, virt. di S.A.S. di Modena (Zidiana)
Maria Anna Garberini Benti detta la Romanina (Zelinda)
Antonio Ristorini (Cino)
Domenico Tempesti (Sivenio)
Gio. Battista Tamburini (Argonte)
Gio. Battista Minelli (Egaro)

 

 

No. 52

 

[1713–4]

[Rome]

[Operas in the theater of Queen Casimira of Poland]

     

Tamburini’s whereabouts from summer 1712 to Carnival 1716 are unclear. When his name shows up again in printed librettos from 1716, Tamburini is identified as a “virtuoso of Queen Casimira of Poland” (see TCC nos. 54, 55). By 1716, the Queen was dead, but it is possible that Tamburini had been in her employ in the years 1713–4, before she left Rome to go to France. During this time the queen produced operas in her private theater (Ifigenia in Aulide and Ifigenia in Tauri during Carnival 1713 and Amor d’un ombra e gelosia d’un aura during Carnival 1714), but the surviving libretti do not name the singers.

 

 

No. 53

 

1715

Ancona

Tito Manlio

     

This libretto, which is not listed in Sartori’s catalogue, appeared for sale on a website accessed on October 2, 2007 (http://www.rgrossmusicautograph.com/castrati68.html, No. 238). Inquiries about the libretto elicited only the information that it had been sold. The website listed the site of the performance as the Teatro della Fenice in Ancona and named two performers, those listed in the cast below. This information is consistent with extant librettos from performances in Fano during 1716 (see TCC nos. 54, 55).

 

Cast:

Giacinto Fontana, “il Farfallino”
Giovanni Battista Tamburini di Siena

 

 

No. 54

 

Carnival 1716

Fano

La pace generosa

   

Music:

Angelo Massarotti

Dances:

Monsieur Po de Vein

Machines and Intermezzi:

Domenico Manzi and Domenico Gaggi

 

Dedication signed January 2, 1716. The libretto identifies the composer as a violoncello virtuoso.

 

Cast:

Raffaello Baldi, virt. della corte di Toscana (Arminio)
Francesco Natali detto il Perugino (Ismena)
Giacinto Fontana detto Farfallino (Cilene)
Gio. Battista Tamburini di Siena, virt. della regina Casimira di Pollonia (Germanico Cesare)
Floriano Flori, virt. del princ. di Tarsis (Floro)
Giovanni Mozzi di Cremona (Cecina)
Nicola Serubbi, virt. di D. Carlo Albani (Segeste)

 

 

No. 55

 

Carnival 1716

Fano

La forza della fedeltà

   

Text:

Adriano Morselli

Music:

Alessandro Scarlatti, with additions by others (assembled by Angelo Massarotti)

Dances:

Monsieur Podevin and Agostino Giuliani of Rome

 

Dedication signed January 9, 1716. The libretto is the same as A. Morselli’s Pirro e Demetrio (S).

 

Cast:

Raffaello Baldi, virt. della corte di Toscana (Mario)
Giacinto Fontana detto Farfallino di Perugia (Deidamia)
Francesco Natali detto il Perugino (Climene)
Giovanni Mozzi di Cremona (Demetrio)
Gio. Battista Tamburini di Siena, virt. della regina Casimira di Polonia (Pirro)
Floriano Flori, virt. del princ. di Tarsia (Clearte)
Nicola Serubbi, virt. di D. Carlo Albani (Albante)
Domenico Manzi (Breno)

 

 

No. 56

 

1717

Ancona

La forza del sangue

   

Music:

Antonio Lotti

 

Intermezzi performed by Pietro Mozzi of Florence and Nicolino Brugia of Cingoli.

 

Cast:

Francesco Natali detto il Perugino (Zoe)
Gio. Battista Tamburini di Siena (Foca)
Castoro Castori da Gubbio (Elena)
Gio. Battista Muzzi Speroni di Cremona (Argiro)
Gaetano Fracassini di Verona (Eraclio)
Annibale Imperatori della Rocca Contrada (Basilio)
Pietro Mozzi di Firenze (Alessandro)

 

 

No. 57

 

Carnival 1717–8

Fano

La costanza in trionfo

 

Dedication signed on December 23, 1717. Intermezzi performed by Domenico Manzi and Paolo Mariani of Urbino (a “virtuoso” of the Duke of Mantua).

 

Cast:

Rafaello Baldi, virt. della R. casa di Toscana (Gustavo)
Pietro Sbaraglia detto il Pesciattino, virt. della princ. vedova di Toscana (Leonilde)
Carlo Cristini, virt. del princ. di Carignano (Sveno)
Giacomo Raggi di Peruggia (Marianne)
Luca Mengoni (Lotario)
Gio. Battista Tamburini, virt. della casa di Toscana (Flavio)
Gio. Battista Perugini di Gubbio (Gelinda)
Domenico Manzi (Ricardo)

 

 

No. 58

 

[Carnival 1717–8]

[Fano]

[Il tradimento traditor di se stesso]

   

Text:

Giacomo Maggi

Music:

Bernardo Sabadini

Scenery:

Francesco Galli-Bibiena

 

Information on this opera comes from a libretto of Il Pimpinone, described as “musical intermezzi performed for the opera entitled Il tradimento traditor di se stesso” (S). The singers for the comic intermezzi were Domenico Manzi and Giovanni Perugini, who also performed in the other serious opera of this Carnival season in Fano (see TCC no. 57). It is therefore probable that the same cast of singers who performed in La costanza in trionfo also performed in Il tradimento traditor di se stesso, Tamburini among them.

 

 

No. 59

 

Fair/Carnival 1719

Recanati

La Merope

   

Text:

Apostolo Zeno

Music:

Giuseppe Maria Orlandini

 

Intermezzi performed by Ippolito Maria Cigna of Volterra and Giuseppe Galletti of Cortona.

 

Cast:

Raffaello Baldi di Firenze (Polifonte)
Pietro Sabarglia di Pescia detto il Pesciatino (Merope)
Andrea Guerri di Pisa (Epitide)
Agostino Marchetti di Pescia (Argia)
Giuseppe Cassano di Bologna (Trasimede)
Gio. Battista Tamburini di Siena (Licisco)
Annibale Imperatori della Rocca (Anassandro)

 

 

No. 60

Fair/Carnival 1719

Recanati

La Partenope

   

Text:

Text: Silvio Stampiglia

 

It is possible that other singers from La Merope (see TCC no. 59) performed alongside the cast members listed below.

 

Cast:

Giuseppe Galletti di Cortona (Partenope)
Pietro Sbaraglia detto il Pesciatino, virt. della serenissma di Toscana (Rosmira)
G. B. Tamburini (Ormonte)


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