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Venanzio Rauzzini
1746 - 1810
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V. Rauzzini
Venanzio Rauzzini (18/12/1746 - 08/04/1810), an Italian castrato, composer, pianist, singing teacher and concert impresario. He is said to have first studied singing under a member of the Sistine Chapel Choir. He studied with Giuseppe Santarelli in Rome and Nicola Porpora in Naples. It has been suggested that Rauzzini may not in fact have been a castrato, but rather had an endocrine condition that prevented his voice from breaking, hence his many affairs as he was thought to be "safe".
Period:Early Romanticism
Composed in:1801
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
He wrote a requiem produced at the Little Haymarket Theatre in London in 1801 by Arnold and Salomon.
Source:Grove's dictionary of music and musicians