Personalities | Antonio Caldara | Late Baroque | Classical

(An-ton’-yo Kal-da’-ra) 1670–1736
Italian composer

Caldara was a Venetian composer whose career was divided almost equally between Italy and Austria. He sang under Giovanni Legrenzi (1626–90) at St Mark’s and in 1699 was appointed maestro di cappella at the Mantuan court. In 1708 he left Mantua for Rome, where his oratorio Il martirio di San Caterina (‘The Martyrdom of St Catherine’) was performed. After visiting Spain he returned to Rome, becoming maestro di cappella to Marchese Ruspoli, for whom he composed cantatas, operas and oratorios. When Fux succeeded Marc’ Antonio Ziani (c. 1653–1715) as Kapellmeister at the Viennese court in 1715, the post of Vice-Kapellmeister was filled by Caldara, who retained it for the remainder of his life. He wrote oratorios and operas for Vienna.

Recommended Recording:
Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo, soloists, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (dir) René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi)

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