Giovanni Velluti (castrato)


Giovanni Velluti (castrato)

Giovanni Battista Velluti, colloquially "Giambattista" (January 28 1780 – January 22 1861) was an Italian castrato. He is also considered "last of the great castrati" and had a reputation of being something of a diva, with some singers refusing to appear with him.

Born in Montolmo, (near Macerata), Italy, a local doctor castrated him at the age of eight as treatment for a cough and high fever. Velluti's father, who had planned on a military career for his son, enrolled him in musical training.

He became close friends with Luigi Cardinal Chiaramonte, the man who would become Pope Pius VII, after singing a cantata sometime in his teenage years. In 1800, he made his debut at Forlì.

Velluti was renowned for both his voice and his prodigious sexual escapades. Apparently many husbands could not believe that their wives were engaging in such affairs as they didn't understand that his genitalia still functioned.

The last great castrato roles were composed specifically for him: Arsace in Rossini's "Aureliano in Palmira" (1813) and Armando in Meyerbeer's "Il crociato in Egitto" (1824). He made his London debut in 1825 in "Il crociato in Egitto". The crowds reacted poorly to his initial performances as he was the first castrato to appear in London in 25 years, but he drew crowds until the end of his career. In 1826 he took over management of The King's Theatre in London and appeared there in "Aureliano in Palmira" and Morlacchi's "Tebaldo ed Isolina". However, his career as a theatre manger ended following financial quarrels over extra pay for the chorus. He returned to London in 1829, but appeared only in concerts. Upon his retirement from the stage, he became an agriculturist and died in 1861.

References

*Panati, Charles, "Panati's Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Everybody", Perennial Library, 1989.
*Rosenthal, H. and Warrack, J. (1979) "The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera", 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, p. 521.


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