Rauzzini, Venanzio

Venanzio Rauzzini enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a singer, composer and concert director. He began his career in Rome in 1765 as a soprano castrato, and quickly established his operatic credentials in various Italian centres before undertaking leading roles in Vienna and Munich. He returned to Italy in 1772 and created the role of Cecilio in the premiere of Mozart’s opera, Lucio Silla, on 26th December. Mozart was so pleased with Rauzzini’s singing that he composed the motet, Exultate jubilate, for the singer. Rauzzini accepted the invitation to become the primo uomo (the principal male singer in an opera) at the King’s Theatre in London for the 1774-75 season of Italian operas. Such was his success that the contract was extended for a further two seasons. He remained in Britain rather than returning to the Continent. He continued to sing professionally, directed concerts in both London and Bath, and was a prolific composer. He directed the subscriptions concerts in Bath from 1777 to 1810, raising their prestige to the equal of any in London. Furthermore, he was one of the most sought-after voice teachers in Britain.

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