Francesco Manelli

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Francesco Manelli (Mannelli) (c. 1595 – 1667) was a Roman Baroque composer, particularly of opera, and a 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]


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

See also

  • Grove Music Online Article, Manelli (Mannelli), Francesco
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Manelli (Mannelli), Francesco (? ‘Il Fasolo’)

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