- Harris S. Saunders
(b Veneto region; d Venice, June 30, 1698). Italian librettist. A doctor of medicine, he belongs, with Zeno, to the first generation of reform librettists. He was among the earliest members of the Accademia degli Animosi, in which he used the name Osiro Cedreatico, and was patronized by several important Italian families. Although his lyric poetry dates from the 1670s, he did not enter the operatic field until ...