(b Parma, bapt. 17 Sept. 1605; d ?Modena, 20 May 1650). Italian composer. He was one of the first to write for the public opera houses in Venice in the 1640s. His La finta pazza (‘The Feigned Madwoman’, 1641), a touring version of which has recently been discovered, was one of the most popular operas of its day; taken to Paris by Torelli in 1645, it was among the first Italian operas to be given in France. Sacrati may also have had a hand in the music that survives for Monteverdi's last opera, L'incoronazione di Poppea.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.