Italian literary scholar. Angelo Maria Labia was a noble Venetian, an abbé who, at the end of the 17th century, built in his palace in the Venice neighbourhood of San Gerolamo a small theatre in the style of the theatre of San Giovanni Grisostomo in the same city. This room was reserved for puppet performances.
The best-known puppet performance took place on the Sunday of Pentecost in 1746 and during Carnival in 1747 and 1748. Lo starnuto d’Ercole (The Sneeze of Hercules) was staged with a score by Johann Adolf Hasse, with a text that was different in certain parts from the original by Pier Jacopo Martello; Eurimedonte e Timocleone ovvero I rivali delusi (Euridimon and Timocleon, Or The Deceived Rivals); Il Caietto; La Didone abbandonata (Dido Abandoned) by Pietro Metastasio; and Il Gianguir. The productions, with meticulously constructed sets and costumes and accompanied by a full orchestra, were greatly admired. Angelo Maria Labia had the texts of the plays printed and offered them to audiences, with “excellent and copious refreshments”.