Personalities | Stephen Storace | Classical Era | Classical

English composer

Born in London of Italian and English parentage, Storace studied in Naples and first worked in Florence. He was back in London in the 1780s and spent time in Vienna, where his sister Nancy was a singer (she was the first Susanna in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro); he was a friend of Mozart’s. Back in London in 1787, he became involved in theatrical life, in particular as a composer of operas, in which his songs vary from simple folk-like melodies to elaborate, italianate bravura arias. Notable successes were No Song, No Supper (1790) and The Pirates (1792).

Recommended Recording:
O Tuneful Voice: Songs and Duets from Late 18th-Century England, Emma Kirkby, Rufus Müller, Timothy Roberts, Frances Kelly (Hyperion)

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