Nicola (Antonio) PorporaItalian Born 17 Aug 1686 Died 03 Mar 1768
Porpora was internationally famous during his lifetime both as a composer (particulary of vocal music and opera) and as a singing teacher.
"Angelica" (of the great librettist Pietro Metastasio) was his first important poem intended for musical setting: one of Porpora's singing pupils, the later much-famed castrato Farinelli, made his dèbut in this same work.
He was in Milan, Naples, Dresden and other cities in Europe: his great period of operatic composition occurred between 1718 and 1742, after which his popularity among theatre audiences declined.
His final years of retirement were spent in considerable poverty.Show more