Gasparo Angiolini

Ballet Dancer, Deceased Person

1731 – 1803

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Who was Gasparo Angiolini?

Gaspare Angiolini, real name Domenico Maria Angiolo Gasparini, was an Italian dancer and choreographer, and composer. He was born in Florence and died in Milan.

Gaspare Angiolini directed the ballet at the Imperial Theatre in Vienna,taking over the post in 1758, working closely with Christoph Willibald von Gluck on such works as Don Juan ou le Festin de Pierre, and the opera Orpheus and Eurydice. The dancing in both Don Juan and Orpheus were said to have insisted on the "primacy of drama". In addition to collaborating with Gluck, he also composed music for many of his ballets.

He later succeeded Franz Hilverding as director of the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russiain 1766. Both Hilverding and Angiolini are credited with bringing the European ballet d'action to Russia. Likewise, Angiolini also attempted to introduce elements of Russian culture into his own work through use of songs, folk dances, and Russian themes. In 1778 he came to Milan to direct the theatre of La Scala.

Angiolini was a choreographer interested in the dramatic possibilities of dance.

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Born
Feb 9, 1731
Florence
Nationality
  • Italy
Profession
Lived in
  • Florence
Died
Feb 6, 1803
Milan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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