Antonio Cesti


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(b Arezzo, 1623; d Florence, 1669).

It. composer and singer. Orig. friar, believed to have studied with Carissimi. Released from vows, became org. Volterra Cath. 1644–51. Became more interested in opera than in sacred mus. after success of Orontea in Venice, 1649. In 1666 became vice‐Kapellmeister at Vienna imperial court. Operas rank with Cavalli's in importance. They incl. Orontea (Venice 1649 or possibly Innsbruck 1656); Alessandro vincitor di se stesso (Venice 1651); La Dori (Innsbruck 1651); Il Cesare amante (Venice 1651); La Cleopatra (Innsbruck 1654); L'Argia (Innsbruck 1655); La magnanimità d'Alessandro (Innsbruck 1662); Il Tito (Venice 1666); La disgrazie d'amore (Vienna 1667); La Semirami (Vienna 1667); Il pomo d'oro (Vienna 1668).

Subjects: Music.

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