Personalities | Giovanni Carestini | Late Baroque | Opera

c. 1704–c. 1760, Italian

Carestini studied in Milan from the age of 12, and gave his debut there in 1719. He studied with Antonio Maria Bernacchi, and sang alongside his teacher in his Roman debut of Alessandro Scarlatti’s La Griselda (1721). He spent most of the 1720s singing in operas by Leonardo Vinci (c. 1696–1730), Porpora and Hasse at Rome, Naples and Venice. Initially a soprano, when he arrived in London in 1733 his voice had settled as a mezzo-soprano. During two seasons Handel created impressive new roles for Carestini in Arianna, Ariodante and Alcina. Carestini returned to Italy, and during the remainder of his career he also sang at Dresden, Berlin and St Petersburg. Hasse commented that ‘he who has not heard Carestini is not acquainted with the most perfect style of singing’.

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