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1736-1739 - Lincoln’s Inn Fields (Camden)

Having sung in three operas at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples, mezzo-soprano Maria Antonia Marchesini was engaged in 1736 by the London Opera of the Nobility, an opera company set up and funded in 1733 by a group of nobles (under Frederick, Prince of Wales) in order to rival Handel’s Royal Academy of Music Company (backed by George II). It was based at a theatre at Lincoln’s Inn Fields under John Rich.

Marchesini made her début in the pasticcio Sabrina in 1737. She next appeared in Egidio Duni’s Demofoonte, and the impresario Johann Jakob Heidegger re-engaged her for the 1738 autumn season when she sang in a number of operas. In May 1738 she married the portrait and scene painter Jacopo Amigoni. Still in London in 1739, she sang in Pescetti’s Angelica e Medoro at Covent Garden. She probably created the Witch of Endor in Handel’s oratorio Saul

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