Rauzzini and friends, a Bath Musician.

29/09/2017

Helen Roberts will guide us through the life of this distinguished opera singer who is buried in Bath Abbey.

Venanzio Rauzzini started life in a poverty stricken peasant household in Italy. He became a distinguished member of that most exotic group – castrati singers, performing operatic roles all over Europe, and came to live and work in England, a great centre of Baroque opera.   His meteoric career led him to become rich, know crowned heads, be friends with Haydn and Mozart (both of whom wrote for him) and his European wide network of musical acquaintances would have been impressive even by the standards of our social media age.  When his voice began to decline with age, he spent that last 30 years of his life in Bath, the fashion capital of England, running concerts and composing music, and was buried in Bath Abbey in 1810. 

 

Wotton-under-Edge Civic Centre

2 Gloucester Street, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7DN

Friday 29th September 2017 at 7.30pm

               Visitors welcome.

     Non-members £5 on the door

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