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Marco Ricci (Belluno 1676-Venice 1730)

Nicola Grimaldi and Lucia Facchinelli 1728

Pen and ink | 18.2 x 24.4 cm | RCIN 907288

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Nicola Grimaldi, known as ‘Nicolino’, was another famous castrato. He is performing here in Oriental costume alongside the soprano Lucia Facchinelli, ‘La Becheretta’, in Leonardo Lalli’s 1728 opera Argeno. The opera was performed at the theatre of San Grisostomo, where Smith kept a box.