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He was born in a family of actors and actresses. His father, Bartolomeo Andolfati, was a Commedia dell'arte actor known for playing the role of Pantalone. His mother, and sisters were actresses, among the latter, Gaetana Goldóni Andolfati became also a well-known actress. His son, Giovanni Andolfati also became an actor.
Pietro played the commedia dell'arte role of the amoroso or innamorati for the theater company of P. Rossi, later became lead comic figure and director by 1792 in the theater in the via del Cocomero in Florence, then director of the Accademia dei Filodrammatici a Milano. He also was an independent author of drams and translator of French and Spanish works to Italian.
The Accademia Filodrammatica di Milano was in fact a theater company, but its theater building, designed by Polak and Canonica, promoted republican ideas, which by then were ascendant. It favored a natural equality for an audience, substituting private boxes with galleries. His colleagues in the theater circuit were Vincènzo Monti, Carlo Porta, and others. He also helped foster the careers of Francesco Righetti and Giuditta Pasta. The theater employed Andrea Appiani as a scenographer.
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