Personalities | Gasparo Pacchierotti | Classical Era | Opera

1740–1821, Italian

The Italian soprano castrato Gasparo Pacchierotti made his debut in Venice in 1766 in Achille in Sciro by Gassmann. He had joined the Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo the previous year and after another six years he moved to the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Pacchierotti made his first appearance at the King’s Theatre, London in 1778, where he created a sensation. His triumphs in London were considered unparalleled. Also in 1778, he sang at the inauguration of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Pacchierotti’s repertoire included Orpheus in Gluck’s opera, and roles in operas by Jommelli. Haydn was impressed by Pacchierotti’s beautiful voice, wide range, virtuosity and acting ability, and picked him to sing in his cantata Arianna a Naxos. Two years later, Pacchierotti sang at the inauguration of the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, but soon afterwards he retired to Padua.

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