Gasparo Pacchiarotti

(1740 - 1821)

Castrato soprano. In Venice he studied with Ferdinando Bertoni at St. Mark's. In 1765 he was made principal soloist there. He traveled to London in 1778, where he received much acclaim for his roles at the King's Theatre. During the 1770s and 1780s he sang in theaters throughout France, Italy, and England. In 1791 he sang Haydn's cantata Arianna a Nasso in London, with the composer at the keyboard. He spent his last decades in retirement in Padua. He was one of the last of the great castratos, with a range of B flat-c'''.

VIIF: Ballet and Opera