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Conforto [Conforti], Nicola

Robert Stevenson

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Naples, Sept 25, 1718; d Aranjuez, March 17, 1793). Italian composer. He studied with Giovanni Fischietti and Francesco Mancini at the Conservatorio di S Maria di Loreto in Naples. His first opere buffe, mounted at Naples and Rome in 1746 and 1747, were so successful that in 1750 he was invited by S Carlo to set Metastasio’s Antigono (also successfully mounted at London in 1757). In 1751 he was commissioned by the Austrian ambassador at Naples to compose a cantata, Gli orti esperidi, for the birthday of Maria Theresa. This was followed by commissions to compose Metastasio’s Siroe for the name day of Ferdinand VI the following year, and L’eroe cinese for the king’s birthday in 1754. The success of these works at Madrid was such that he received an appointment to compose operas for the court. After arriving at Madrid (14 October 1755) he composed two ...

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