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1717-1724 - Not traced

Alto castrato singer Gaetano Berenstadt was born in Florence on 7 June 1687 into a German family. His father was timpanist to the Grand Duke of Tuscany. He was a pupil of castrato singer and composer Francesco Pistocchi, nicknamed Pistocchino. Berenstadt is remembered as one of Handel’s singers. He arrived in London in 1717 to perform the role of Argante in a revival of the composer’s hit opera Rinaldo. In 1722 he was engaged to sing for the composers of the Royal Academy of Music, including Handel, Bononcini, and Ariosti. Berenstadt left London in 1724 and returned to Italy to continue his career. His final stage appearances were at Florence in 1734. He died shortly after. He was a noted dealer in and collector of books and incunabula.

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