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1748-1750 - Haymarket (Westminster)

Opera impresario Giovanni Francesco [John Francis] Crosa was born in Pinerolo, near Turin (date not known). Having started his career as an impresario in Milan, he played a significant part in the early diffusion of comic opera in Northern Europe during the 1740s. His buffo company was brought to London by Francesco Vanneschi, then manager of the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, for the seasons 1748/9 and 1749/50.

After a dispute between Vanneschi and Crosa, the latter moved to the Little Theatre, Haymarket, where his company performed Vincenzo Ciampi’s Il negligente. Even after his return to the King’s Theatre, Corsa remained in serious financial trouble and went bankrupt in April 1750. He was sent to prison, but was able to escape and return to the Continent. He died after January 1771.

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