Marcantonio Pasqualini Crowned by Apollo (1641) by Andrea Sacchi.
Marc'Antonio Pasqualini (25 April 1614 – 2 July 1691) was an Italiancastratoopera singer who performed during the Baroque period. He has been described as "the leading male soprano of his day". Pasqualini joined the choir of the Sistine Chapel in 1630. He was also a composer, having written more than 250 arias and cantatas.
Pasqualini is thought to have conducted an ongoing homosexual relationship with one of his patrons, Cardinal Antonio Barberini. Contemporary testimony leaves little doubt that the "veritable passion" the cardinal felt extended to more than Pasqualini's beautiful voice.