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Francesco Cavalli (February 14, 1602 – January 14, 1676) was an Italian composer. His real name was Pietro Francesco Caletti-Bruni, but he is better known by that of Cavalli, the name of his patron, a Venetian nobleman.

Cavalli was born at Crema, Lombardy. He became a singer at St Mark's in Venice in 1616, second organist in 1639, first organist in 1665, and in 1668 maestro di cappella. He is, however, chiefly remembered for his operas.

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  • Avatar for shuttko
    amazing AMAZING operas
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    Francesco Cavalli's Eliogabalo will be premiering in the UK at Grange Park Opera this June. If you're unfamiliar with the opera, here's a short description: Conducted by Christian Curnyn, and performed on early instruments, Cavalli’s engaging opera features as its main protagonist Eliogabalo, the hedonistic 18 year old Roman Emperor. Eliogabalo is a bizarre character, and his colourful and entertaining antics include him replacing the governing senate with his mistresses, and then dressing himself as a woman to fit in. Understandably, the people of Rome finally see sense, and turn against their Emperor - a bloodbath ensues. When Cavalli wrote Eliogabalo, it was intended as a direct dig at the prevalent corruption in Venice at the time, and this theme is just as likely to resonate with audiences today. There's more info here: http://www.grangeparkopera.co.uk

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