Personalities | Mattia Verazi | Classical Era | Opera
c. 1730–94, Italian
Mattia Verazi was the author of around 20 libretti, most of them written for performance in Italy. Among the first was Ifigenia in Aulide (1751), which was set to music by Jommelli. Some 10 years later, Verazi was at the court in Mannheim, which later moved to Munich. Verazi went too. The most important libretti that he wrote while in Munich included Sofonisba (1762), written for music by Traetta, and an ancient Roman subject, Lucio Silla (1775), which Verazi wrote for Johann Christian Bach. Verazi did not confine himself to the Munich court, but wrote for other noble patrons, including Fetonte (1768) for the Duke of Württemberg. This, too, was set by Jommelli, who used it to write one of his most inventive scores. Verazi and Jommelli frequently worked as a team and between them created several dramatic French-style operas for the ducal court at Stuttgart.
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