Porpora, Nicola Antonio

Born Naples 17th August, 1686

Died Naples 3rd March, 1768

A celebrated composer and singing teacher, Porpora's ability to set the Italian language to music was internationally acknowledged during his lifetime.

"…Porpora's Cantatas particularly the Recitatives, are still regarded in Italy as models of perfection for narrative Music… The Cantatas of Nicolo (sic) Porpora have been always much esteemed, on account of the excellence of their Recitatives, and the good taste and truly vocal style of the airs…"

He numbered among his students Metastasio, Farinelli, Caffarelli, Antonio Uberti (known as "Porporino"), Regina Mingotti and the composer Franz Joseph Haydn.

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Cantate à voce solo di soprano
£9.95
Porpora: Venticel che trà le frondi
Forces: mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo

From a very clear contemporary copy in the British Library

A substantial cantata with a text concerning our old friends Tirsi and Clori.

Range c# - f' and would suit a low soprano or highish alto. Excellent largo to start and a dramatic accompagnato recit. The feel is similar to the Venetian motets.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
£5.95
Porpora: Vigilate oculi mei
Forces: soprano & continuo

From the Santini Collection in Münster (Hs. 3307) this is an early work (1712) dated Rome 30 June/1 July, 1712 which was the period Porpora was in Naples working for the Prince of Hessen Darmstadt. Amazing coloratura!

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo antiphon
£4.95
Sotto l'ombra d'un faggio
A collection of three settings of the 'Sotto l'ombre d'un mirth' text, by Mancini, Leo and Porpora. A fun collection with much to offer. 2 continuo cantatas and one with violins. See the individual cantatas for previews etc.

The young man, perhaps unlucky and unhappy Tirsi, finds himself once more beneath the shade of a beech tree lamenting the cruelty of his beloved Dorinda. 2 recit and aria form with some stylish vocal passage work in both arias.

Cantate à voce solo di soprano
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