Bass singer Antonio Montagnana was born in Venice (date not known). Little is known of his early life. His first recorded performance dates from 1730 in Rome. In 1731 he sang at Turin in operatic works by Nicola Porpora, probably his teacher. During that same year he came to London to join King’s Theatre Company under the direction of Handel and sang in a number of his operas with parts specifically composed for him. In 1733, he defected to the Opera of the Nobility at Lincoln’s Inn Fields following in the footsteps of other singers, including the famous castrato Sesino. Here he renewed his relationship with Porpora, its musical director. He left London in 1740 to continue his career in Madrid.