Personalities | Luigi Rossi | Early Baroque | Classical
(Loo-e’-je Rôs’-se) 1598–1653
Rossi was one of the early Roman composers of opera and cantata. After studying in Naples he entered the service of the Borghese family in Rome in 1621. In 1633 he was appointed organist of S Luigi dei Francesi and in 1641 moved to the Barberinis. His first opera, Il palazzo incantato (‘The Enchanted Palace’), was lavishly produced for the Barberini theatre in 1642. In 1645 the Barberinis moved to France, and in 1647 Rossi’s second opera Orfeo was successfully presented in Paris at the Palais Royal. After a brief return to Rome he travelled once more to Paris, but with the advent of xenophobic Fronde he found himself unwelcome there.
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