Giovanni Battista Locatelli

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Giovanni Battista Locatelli (7 January 1713 – 14 March 1785) was an Italian opera director, impresario and owner of a private opera company.

In 1757 he and his troupe were invited to St. Petersburg. They put on an opera every week for the court, and two to three times a week they were allowed to give open public performances. The repertoire was mostly of Italian opera buffa. During the first three years the troupe presented seven operas by Baldassare Galuppi (1706–1785):

  • Il mondo della luna (Russian: Лунный мир – The World of the Moon, previously premiered in 1750, Venice)
  • Il filosofo di campagna (Деревенский философ – The Village Philosopher, 1754, Venice)
  • L'Arcadia in Brenta (Аркадия в Бренте – Arcadia in Brenta, 1749, Venice)
  • I bagni d'Abano (Купанье в Абано – The Spa of Abano, written together with Bertoni, 1753, Venice)
  • Il conte Caramella (Граф Карамелла – Count Caramella, 1749, Verona?)
  • La calamità de' cuori (Сердечное бедствие – A Calamity of Hearts, 1752, Venice)
  • Il mondo alla roversa, ossia Le donne che commandono (Мир наизнанку, или Женщины командуют – The World Upside Down, or Women in Command, 1750, Venice)

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