Giuseppe Tomaselli

Giuseppe Tomaselli circa 1815
Memorial stone for Giuseppe Tomaselli at the Petersfriedhof in Salzburg

Giuseppe Tomaselli (29 January 1758 – 20 March 1836) was an Italian actor and operatic singer (tenor).


Born in Rovereto, Tomaselli received a musical education in Milan with a focus on singing. In October 1781, he got a job in the court chapel of Prince-Archbishopric of Salzburg, Hieronymus of Colloredo. Soon he became acquainted with Leopold Mozart and his family.[citation needed]

Between 1803 and 1807 he worked as a chamber singer. At the age of 30, Tomaselli married Theresia Gschwendter. After the death of his wife he married Antonia Honikel. With his second wife he had a daughter, Katharina and three sons, Carl, Franz and Ignaz.[citation needed]

Between 1796 and 1798, together with Lorenz Hübner, he directed the Salzburger Landestheater. During this time he not only achieved success as a singer but also as a singing teacher.[citation needed]

After the secularisation of the Salzburg Archbishop's Monastery, the court chapel of the prince archbishop remained in existence for some time. When it was dissolved in February 1806, Tomaselli went to Vienna to the court of Austrian Emperor Francis I. In the autumn of 1833 he retired from private life and left Vienna. For a short time he lived with his family in Salzburg, but then settled in Würzburg. There he died seven weeks after his 78th birthday.[citation needed]


  • Armidoro in Piccinni's La buona figliuola, at the Teatro di Cittadella of Bergamo, for the carnaval 1773-1774[1]
  • Graf Schönblüh (Il Conte di Belfiore) in Unter zwey Streitenden zieht der dritte den Nutzen (Fra i due litiganti il terzo gode) by Giuseppe Sarti, at the Teatro di Corte of Salisburgo, in 1787[2].
  • Masino in Cimarosa' Giannina e Bernardone, at the Teatro di Corte of Salisburgo, in 1787[3],
    • e di nuovo nella versione tedesca (Hanchen und Bernardon) allo stesso posto in 1788[4]


  • Gerhard Ammerer: Giuseppe Tomaselli. 1758–1836. Eine biographische Skizze des Salzburger Hoftenors uns Gesangspädagogen aus Anlass seines 250. Geburtstags. In: Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Salzburger Landeskunde, volume. 148 (2008), p. 89–104 ISSN 0435-8279
  • Ludwig Eisenberg: Großes biographisches Lexikon der deutschen Bühne im 19. Jahrhundert.[5] Paul List, Leipzig, 1903, p. 1045.