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1817-1856 - Upper Norton Street (Marylebone)

Operatic singer and teacher Domenico Crivelli [Signor Crivelli] was born in 1793/1796 in Lombardy.

He came to England in 1817 with his father Gaetano Crivelli who was then principal tenor at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket. Gaetano had enjoyed a successful career in Italy, appearing in 1809 in the Italian premiere of Mozarts’s La clemenza di Tito at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. He then moved to Paris where he performed at the Théâtre des Italiens, before settling in London. By then his career was on the wane. His son Domenico settled permanently in London, first as a singer and later as a singing teacher, and became a prominent figure in English musical life. He was appointed principal Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music at its foundation in 1823 and continued there until his death, having taught most of the English opera singers of that period. In 1841 he wrote his instruction on L’arte del canto - The Art of Singing with parallel text in Italian and English. He died in December 1856 at his home at no. 71 Upper Norton Street, Portland Place.

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