Rosa Giacinta Badalla
Born: 1660, Bergamo, Italy
Rosa Giacinta Badalla hailed from the Milan area, likely Bergamo, and became a Benedictine nun at Santa Radegonda. The convent, in a diocese overseen by Archbishop Borromeo, was well known and flourished musically, partly due to the Archbishop’s belief that “singing sacred and wholly spiritual things…is divine praise.” Badalla wrote one collection of Motetti a voce sola in 1684 as well as two surviving secular cantatas, all published while in her twenties at the convent. Her compositional technique was unique for her time and her style has been noted as, “remarkable...for its patent vocal virtuosity, motivic originality, and self-assured compositional technique" (Kendrick).