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date: 21 October 2019

Avossa [d’Avossa; Avosa; Avos; d’Anossa], Giuseppelocked

  • James L. Jackman
  • , revised by Dale E. Monson


(b Paola, nr Cosenza, 1708; d Naples, Jan 9, 1796). Italian composer. He is often confused with his contemporary Girolamo Abos, several of whose opere serie are sometimes attributed to him. The family is reputed to have been of Spanish origin. His father was in the service of Spinelli, Duke of Fuscaldo, and (according to Mondolfi, MGG1) the duke used his influence to place the young musician in the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo in Naples. There he studied with Gaetano Greco and Francesco Durante. He subsequently became maestro di cappella of S Maria Verticelli; according to Schmidl he also taught singing in various Neapolitan monasteries and churches. By 1749 Avossa was working in north Italy as maestro di cappella in Pesaro and conductor of the municipal theatre orchestra there. He married a Rosa Travi in Naples in 1758.

Although Avossa’s principal fame today derives from his highly popular comic opera ...

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