Monteverdi [Monteverde], Claudio (opera) (Zuan [Giovanni] Antonio )
- John Whenham
(b Cremona, bap. May 15, 1567; d Venice, Nov 29, 1643). Italian composer . Monteverdi is the earliest composer whose operas are still regularly performed. His Orfeo is generally regarded as the first work of genius in the history of opera and, indeed, all his surviving operas are highly regarded for their penetrating exploration of human psychology....