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PORPORA, Niccolo Antonio
b Naples, 17 August 1686
d Naples, 3 March 1768, aged eighty-one

He studied at the Conservatory of San Loreto in Naples. He was appointed musical director to the Portuguese Ambassador in Naples, was chamber virtuoso to the Prince of Hesse-Darmstadt, and later conductor to the King of Poland in Vienna. In 1712 he established a school of singing in Naples; he taught singing at the Conservatory of San Onofrio in Naples in 1719, and in Venice in 1725, and was in demand for his services in many other cities. He also travelled to London and Dresden, and his final appointment was in Naples as director at San Onofrio. Despite his popularity he died, as he was born, in poverty.


1708 (22)

Agrippina, opera

1711 (25)

Flavio Anicio Olibrio, opera

Il martirio di S Giovanni Nepomuceno, oratorio

1713 (27)

Basilio, re d'Oriente, opera

1714 (28)

Arianha e Teseo, opera

1718 (32)

Temistocle, opera

1719 (33)

Faramondo, opera

1721 (35)

ll martirio di Santa Eugenia, oratorio

1723 (37)

Adelaide, opera

1724 (38)

Griselda, opera

1726 (40)

Imeneo in Atene, opera

1727 (41)

Ezio, opera

1729 (43)

Semiramide riconosciuta, opera

1730 (44)

Mitridate, opera

1731 (45)

Poro, opera

1732 (46)

Germanico in Germania, opera

1733 (47)

Arianna in Nasso, opera

1734 (48)

Enea nel Lazio, opera

Davide e Bersabea, oratorio

1735 (49)

Polifemo, opera

Ifigenia in Aulide, opera

1737 (51)

Lucio Papirio, opera

1738 (52)

Carlo il Calvo, opera

1739 (53)

ll Barone di Zampano, opera

1740 (54)

Il trionfo di Camilla, opera

1742 (56)

Statira, opera

1747 (61)

Bilandro, opera

Porpora also wrote songs, chamber music, harpsichord music, etc.

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