Paolo Antonio Rolli

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Remnants of ancient Rome, by Bonaventura van Overbeek, painter and citizen of Amsterdam, translated and increased with comments and reflections by Paolo Rolli, patrician of Todi, fellow of the Royal Society, Tommaso Edlin, London, 1739

Paolo Antonio Rolli (13 June 1687 – 20 March 1765) was an Italian librettist and poet.[1]

He was born in Rome, Italy and like Metastasio was trained by Gian Vincenzo Gravina. He worked in London from 1715 to 1744 where he became Italian tutor to the prince of Wales and the Royal Princesses . During this period, he wrote librettos for numerous Italian operas including Handel's Floridante (1721), Muzio Scevola (1722), Riccardo Primo (1927) and Deidamia (1741). He also worked frequently with composer Giovanni Bononcini writing and adapting numerous librettos for him including his popular Griselda (1722). In December 1729 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[2]

In 1744 he returned to Italy and wrote poetry, cantata texts, satires and translations and also published an Italian verse translation of Milton's "Paradise Lost", widely considered the finest in any language.[citation needed]

He died in Todi, Italy.[1]


  1. ^ a b Paolo Antonio Rolli at Encyclopædia Britannica
  2. ^ "Library Collection – Fellow details". The Royal Society. Retrieved 8 October 2010.