Francesco Manelli

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Francesco Manelli (Mannelli) (13 September 1594 – July 1667) was a Roman Baroque composer, particularly of opera; and theorbo player. He is most well known for his collaboration with fellow Roman composer Benedetto Ferrari in bringing commercial opera to Venice. The first two works, in 1637 and 1638, to be put on commercially in the Teatro San Cassiano were both by Manelli - his L'Andromeda and La Maga Fulminata.

Francesco Manelli was for many years confused with the Franciscan friar Giovanni Battista Fasolo, because of the resemblances between Manelli’s cantata Luciata, (published in Musiche varie, op. 4 Venice, 1636), and Fasolo’s dialogue Il carro di Madama Lucia (Rome, 1628), and the shared text of the first piece in both collections. In a comparison of the two cantatas Fasolo's version[1] is "languid and melancholy", while Manelli's version[2] is "spirited and biting".[3]

Correct 13 September 1594 is the date of his parents marriage. He was born around 1595


Operas, music for all of which is lost.


  • Musiche varie Op. 4 (1636)



  1. ^ Recorded on Il Fasolo, dir. Dumestre Alpha 2004
  2. ^ Recorded on Provenzale et al. Dialoghe. Cappella della Pietà de' Turchini dir. Florio. Symphonia 1995
  3. ^ Piero Mioli A voce sola: studi sulla cantata italiana del XVII secolo, Volume 1 p.332 1988

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