Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Vol. 5: by Nicolas Slonimsky, Laura Diane Kuhn

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In 1718 Porpora collaborated with D. Scarlatti in the writing of the opera Berenice, regina d'Egitto, produced in Rome (1718). At about this time he succeeded in obtaining support from the Austrian court. His opera Temistode was produced in Vienna on the Emperor's birthday (Oct. 1, 1718); his next opera, Faramondo, was staged in Naples (Nov. 19,1719). He continued to write operas for theaters in Naples and Rome: Eumene (Rome, 1721), Adelaide (Rome, 1723), Semiramide, regina dell'Assiria (Naples, 1724), and Didone abbandonata (his 1s' opera to a libretto by Metastasio; Reggio Emilia, 1725).

2, Comunistul, for Mezzo-soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1962); In memorian Mihail Sadoveanu, Requiem for Soprano, Tenor, and Orch. —NS/LK/DM Porpora, Nicola (Antonio), famous Italian composer and singing teacher; b. Naples, Aug. 17,1686; d. there, March 3, 1768. The son of a bookseller, he entered the Cons, dei Poveri at Naples at the age of 10 and studied with Gaetano Greco, Matteo Giordano, and Ottavio Campanile. Porpora's first opera, Agrippina, was presented at the Royal Palace of Naples (Nov.

12, 1939; d. Munich, Nov. 16, 1993. She studied at the Bratislava Academy of Music (1959-63) and in Prague, her principal mentor being Anna Prosenc-Hfuskova. After singing at the Bratislava Opera, she went to Vienna and appeared as Barbarina at the Theater an der Wien (1963); that same year, she joined the Vienna State Opera, where she 2839 POPPER established herself as a principal member; also became a favorite at the Salzburg Festivals. Y. in one of her finest roles, the Queen of the Night, on Feb.

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