Nicola Conforto

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Nicola Conforto
Nicola Conforto
Born Nicola Conforto
(1718-09-25)September 25, 1718
Naples, Italy
Died March 12, 1793(1793-03-12) (aged 74)
Aranjuez, Spain
Occupation Composer
Era Baroque

Nicola Conforto (25 September 1718 – 17 March 1793) was an Italian composer.

He studied music in his hometown at the Conservatorio di Santa Maria di Loreto (Music conservatories of Naples), under the tutorship of John Whistles and Francesco Mancini . After receiving his training, he made his debut during the carnival of 1746 in Naples as an opera composer with La finta vedova (The false widow). In the following years he staged his other works both in Naples and in Rome; the fame he achieved thanks to these successes meant that in 1750 he received the commission from the Teatro San Carlo for his first opera seria, Antigonus .

In 1749 he married the singer Zefferina Anselmi,[1] with whom he had three children.

In 1751 he wrote the cantata Gli orti esperidi (The Hesperides gardens) in honor of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, to celebrate the name day of the Spanish king Ferdinand VI on May 30, 1752 he presented the drama Siroe, and on 23 September 1754 for the birthday celebrations of the King of Naples Charles III he presented L'eroe cinese (the Chinese hero). These latter two works gained much acclaim in Madrid, so much so that in 1756 he was named compositore d'opera di corte (composer of the work of the court). Later he received the title of Kapellmeister, but despite this his importance as a composer began to decline and in his later years he devoted himself less to creating compositions writing only occasionally music for the holidays.