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Bonifacio Domenico Pasquale Anfossi

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Born: 1729 AD
Died: 1797 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Composers

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1727 - Born on the 5th of April in Taggia, Lugiria, Italy.

1744-1752 - Aiming at first to become a performer, he studied violin at the Neapolitan Loreto Conservatorium and played in an opera orchestra for ten years.

1763 - The first performance of his own work, the opera buffa La Serva Spiritosa was at the Rome Carnival.

1773 - He made a breakthrough with his dramma giocoso L'incognita perseguitata in Rome.

1782 - He had written about 30 operas, performed mainly in Venice and Rome, although on occasion also in other parts of Italy and in Vienna.

       - His first London performance was Il trionfo della costanza.

1786 - He was engaged as musical director in London, where he performed five of his own operas and alternative versions of work by other composers; for example, Gluck's Orfeo with supplementary music by Johann Christian Bach and Händel.

1787 - Returned to Italy, and won back Roman public opinion with the farsa Le pazzie de' gelosi at the Carnival.

1789 - He uninterrupted 20-year stretch of operatic composition stopped, and he restricted himself to church music.

1797 - Died on February in Rome, Italy.

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