Giovanni Porta

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Giovanni Porta
First page of Porta's Argippo score.[1]

Giovanni Porta (c. 1677 – 21 June 1755) was an Italian opera composer. His opera Argippo, to a libretto by Domenico Lalli, was premiered in Venice in 1717.[2][3]

Porta is believed to have been born in Venice. One of the masters of early 18th-century opera and one of the leading Venetian musicians, Porta made his way from Rome, to Vicenza, to Verona, then London where his opera Numitore was performed in 1720 by the Royal Academy of Music (1719), and eventually back to Venice and Verona, and finally Munich, where he spent the last 18 years of his life.

Selected recordings[edit]


  1. ^ Mus.2444-F-1 at Saxon State and University Library Dresden website
  2. ^ Talbot, Michael (2011). The Vivaldi Compendium. Boydell Press. pp. 25, 147. ISBN 9781843836704.
  3. ^ Freeman, Daniel E. (1992). The Opera Theater of Count Franz Anton Von Sporck in Prague Stuyvesant, N.Y.: Pendragon Press. ISBN 0945193173, p. 166