Count and Countess Durazzo, painted by Martin van Meytens the Younger
Count Giacomo Durazzo (1717–1794) was an Italian diplomat and man of the theatre. He was born into one of the most important aristocratic families in Genoa. His brother was the famous dogeMarcellino Durazzo. In 1749, he became ambassador to the court in Vienna where he was appointed director of the imperial theatres in the city in 1754. He is most famous for working with the composer Christoph Willibald Gluck on reforming Italian opera.
In 1750, he married the eighteen-year-old Ernestine Aloisia Ungnad von Weissenwolff.