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date: 17 November 2019

Araja [Araia], Francescolocked

  • Michael F. Robinson
  • , revised by Piero Gargiulo

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(b Naples, June 25, 1709; d ?Bologna, 1770). Italian composer. His first important engagement was on 29 October 1723, when he directed the music at a religious function in honour of S Gioseffo at S Maria la Nova, Naples. The Avvisi di Napoli for 2 November 1723, reporting the event, stated that the 14-year-old composer had performed ‘to the amazement and acclamation of everybody’. As a composer he made his début with the comic opera Lo matremmonejo pe’ mennetta (Naples, 1729), written at a time when dialect comedies were becoming increasingly popular in Naples. Araja, however, wrote only opere serie after this, and until his move to St Petersburg in 1735 he had the opportunity to work in the leading operatic centres of Italy: his Ciro riconosciuto and Cleomene were performed in Rome in 1731; his setting of Metastasio’s Semiramide riconosciuta, a work not previously attributed to Araja, was presented at Naples in the same year; his ...

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