Get to Know Some of the World’s Most Influential Opera Composers
A classical music genre that originated in Italy at the end of 1500s, opera is an art form that continues to flourish up to this day. At present, a lot of people still listen to opera music — whether they are working out in the gym, preparing food in the kitchen or reducing the bluntness of the blades of their cutting knives.
Below are some of the most distinguished opera icons throughout our history:
Born in 1561 in Rome, Italy, Jacopo Peri was a singer and composer who is frequently referred to as the inventor of opera. His first opera piece is called Dafne, which he created in 1589. Another one of his work, Euridice, was made in 1600 and is the first opera to have stood the test of time and survives up to this day.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Considered to be among the most prolific composers of the Classical era, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. He was a child prodigy who performed all over Europe. Among his most notable works are Requiem, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Ave verum corpus, Piano Sonata No. 11, and Clarinet Concerto.
An Italian composer born in Pesaro, Papal State on February 29, 1792, Gioachino Rossini wrote chamber and sacred music, piano and instrumental pieces, and operas. He was the most popular opera composer in the world until 1829, the year he retired. His most critically acclaimed opera piece is The Barber of Seville, which was first performed at Rome’s Teatro Argentina on February 20, 1816.
Ludwig van Beethoven
A German pianist and composer, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn during the transition period between the Classical era and the Romantic era. His legacy is quite rich, which includes several piano concertos, symphonies, piano sonatas, string quartets, operas, and violin concertos. Probably the most famous ones are Fur Elise, Fidelio, Symphony No.9, Piano Sonata No. 8, Piano Sonata No. 14, Symphony No. 5, and A Song of Joy.
Dubbed as the greatest Italian opera composer since Verdi, Giacomo Puccini was born on December 22, 1858 in Tuscany. He was one of nine kids, and was exposed to music very early in his life as his family, headed by his great-great grandfather Giacomo, had established a musical dynasty in their city starting in the early 1700s. His earliest opera compositions were Edgar, Le Villi, and Manon Lescaut. In the late 1800s, he came out with La boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly. Towards the end of his career, in the early 1900s, he produced La fanciulla del West, La rondine, and his final opera Turandot.