Operatic soprani Maria Maddalena Salvai was born in Florence (date not known). In 1716 she was in the service of the Landgrave of Kassel; she sang at Darmstadt between 1718 and 1719, then at Dresden. Recommended to Giuseppe Riva by Senesino for her ‘most beautiful voice’, she joined the Royal Academy in London in September 1720 at the same time as Senesino and remained for two seasons at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, making her début as Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto. She stayed in London until 1722, before returning to Italy. Her last recorded concert took place in Florence in 1728. Further details of her life are lacking.