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date: 24 February 2020

Mancini, Francesco (opera)locked

  • Rosa Cafiero
  •  and Eleanor Selfridge-Field

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(b Naples, Jan 16, 1672; d Naples, Sept 22, 1737). Italian composer. His work has its roots in the theatrical world of the late 17th century and reflects the salient features of late Baroque melodramma in its evolution towards the Classical style. Educated at the Conservatorio di S Maria della Pietà dei Turchini in Naples from 1688, he was taught by Francesco Provenzale and Gennaro Ursino. He held the post of first organist of the royal chapel from 1704 to 1706 and was briefly its director in 1708. With the arrival of Alessandro Scarlatti, Mancini became vice- maestro and remained in that post until Scarlatti’s death in 1725, when he again took up the post of director. At the Conservatorio di S Maria di Loreto (of which he was director from 1720 to 1735), Mancini was responsible for training a new generation of composers, among them David Perez....

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