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Pietro Metastasio (January 3, 1698 – April 12, 1782)

Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi, better known by his pseudonym of Pietro Metastasio, was an Italian poet and librettist, considered the most important writer of opera seria libretti.
Born: January 3, 1698, Rome
Died: April 12, 1782, Vienna, Austria
Libretti: La clemenza di Tito, Il re pastore, L'isola disabitata, more
Books: Three Melodramas by Pietro Metastasio, more
Parents: Francesca Galasti, Felice Trapassi
Buried: Michaelerkirche, Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria, Plot: Crypt

Metastasio was an Italian poet and librettist, considered the most important writer of opera seria libretti. The famous prima donna Marianna Benti-Bulgarelli took Metastasio under her wing and gave him entrée into the world of music. At the age of thirty-two, he was appointed court composer to Emperor Charles VI of Vienna. There he met his lifelong companion Nicolo Martines or von Martinez. Nicolo’s father was a Spanish soldier who had settled in Naples. He grew up there and for a time pursued a career as a soldier. He later changed careers, serving in Vienna as Maestro di Camera (major-domo) at the papal nuncio, the Pope's embassy to the Austrian Empire. For service to the Empire, Nicolo’s sons in 1774 acquired a patent of nobility, hence the "von" in the family surname. In 1730, Metastasio was called to Vienna to serve as the Poet Laureate of the Empire. He resided with the Martines family for the entire rest of his life (from about 1734 to 1782). His presence would prove crucial to Nicolo’s daughter, Marianne's career. Marianna was an Austrian singer, pianist and composer of the classical period. The Martines family lived in rooms in a large building on the Michaelerplatz, "a stately building still standing in the Kohlmarkt. “
Together from 1734 to 1782: 48 years.
Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi aka Metastasio (January 3, 1698 – April 12, 1782)

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