Caproli [Caprioli, Del Violino], Carlo (opera)
- Eleanor Caluori
(b Rome, 1615–20; d probably in Rome, 1692–5). Italian composer. He was first an organist at the German College, Rome (1643–5), and later a violinist at S Luigi dei Francesi (1649–70). By 1653 he was also in the service of Prince Ludovisio Pamphili, nephew of Pope Innocent X, and his reputation as a composer must have become well established by then through his many fine cantatas. Evidently he was known to the poet Francesco Buti and to Cardinal Antonio Barberini, for it was through them that he received Cardinal Mazarin’s invitation to compose an opera for the French court. After his sojourn at the French court, from January to June 1654, he entered Barberini’s musical household where he was employed until about 1664.
Caproli’s opera Le nozze di Peleo e di Theti, a commedia to a libretto by Buti, was first given at the Petit Bourbon on ...