Domenico Cimarosa

Composer

Birthday December 17, 1749

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace Italy

DEATH DATE Jan 11, 1801 (51)

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About

Italian opera composer who wrote more than 80 operas, including his masterpiece, "Il matrimonio segreto." Other popular works include the popularly successful comedic opera La ballerina amante.

Before Fame

He studied at a free school connected with a monastery, where the organist took an interest in him and began instructing him in the art of composition.

Trivia

He worked up until his death, which was initially thought to be the result of poison, but an inquest proved otherwise. He left behind "Artemizia," an unfinished opera.

Family Life

His parents didn't have enough money to send him to a good music school, but he was still accepted into the prestigious Naples institute.

Associated With

He was invited to play in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg by Empress Catherine the Great.