Berenstadt, Gaetano Reference library
(b Florence, 7 June 1687; bur. Florence, 9 Dec 1734).
Italian alto castrato. His German father, Giorgio, was timpanist to the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Gaetano apparently sang in 55 dramatic works, 33 of which were freshly composed, during his 27-year career. Since ‘Gaetano Beynstetter’ first appears in Giuseppe Vignola's revision of ...
Borg, Kim Reference library
J. B. Steane
(b Helsinki, 7 Aug 1919; d Copenhagen, 28 April 2000).
Finnish bass-baritone and composer. He studied at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, and later in several cities abroad including Vienna, Rome and New York. He confined himself to concert work for three years and then made his operatic début in ...
Braham, John Reference library
(b London, 20 March 1774; d London, 17 Feb 1856).
English tenor and composer. His origins are obscure: both parents (his father is variously described as a German or Portuguese Jew) died when he was young. At the Great Synagogue in Duke's Place the boy's voice attracted the attention of the singer Leoni (Meyer Leon) and of the financier ...