Gizziello, Gioacchino Conti

1714-1761

Conti, one of the most celebrated Italian soprano singers of his time, named Gizziello for his teacher, Gizzi, was born at Artino, making his debut in Rome, 1729, where he sang for two years, going thence to Naples about 1732. In 1736 he appeared in Handel's company in London, singing in various parts the next season, and adding  to his already fine equipment by making a study of Farinelli's singing, which he much admired. About six years later he went to Lisbon, and in 1749 was called to Madrid, remaining there for several years, after which he returned to Lisbon. He retired to private life in Arpino in 1753.