Overture from the Opera "Il Re Teodoro in Venezia", R. 1.66

GIOVANNI PAISIELLO, the outstanding representative of Italian Opera buffa, is the author of 94 operas, widely popular throughout Europe. He lived and worked in Naples, Bologna, Parma, Modena, Florence, Rome, spent seven years in St Petersburg on the invitation of Catherine the Great, and for more than a year was director of the Imperial Chapel in Paris at the invitation of Napoleon Bonaparte, whose patronage soured his relations with Luigi Cherubini and Étienne Nicolas Méhul. He also worked for some time in Vienna, commissioned by Joseph II to write 12 operatic overtures, and there he composed the opera KING TEODORO IN VENICE, based on a libretto by Giovanni Battista Casti. It premiered at the Burgtheater in August 1784, and was staged during the 1788 Carnival in Parma.

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