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Born: March 24, 1762; Lisbon, Portugal   Died: February 7, 1830; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil  
Aside from having the finale of his cantata La speranza used as the national anthem of Portugal from around 1808 up until 1834, Marcos Antonio Portugal enjoyed having much of his music widely accepted in his homeland, as well as in Brazil and Italy. Following early studies in composition, voice, and organ at the Seminario da Patriarcal of Lisbon with Joao de Sousa Carvalho, he saw his career develop rather quickly. For example, in 1783 he Read more accepted his first professional post, as organist and vocalist at the music guild Irmandade de San Cecilia; then, only two years later, he was made maestro of the Teatro do Salitre in Lisbon, his first theatrical appointment. He composed farsas, entremezes, and elogios there until he went to Naples to finish his studies. Living in Italy between 1792 - 1800, his fame was probably established with the well-liked La confusione della somiglianza, a comic opera. Even though this style of dramatic work was fashionable, Portugal also wrote many serious operas, which were performed in a few countries, including England and Italy. While busy with the theater, he composed less church music, but eventually returned to it after he left the country.

Back in Lisbon, political turmoil was felt throughout the land, but it had minimal initial effects on Portugal, who was deeply engaged in work as the newly appointed maestro of the Teatro de San Carlos and as the mestre de capela of the royal chapel. Like many Portuguese, including the royal court, Portugal did leave his homeland for Brazil in the early 1800s. It was not until 1811, after Napoleon and his troops occupied the land, that the composer and his brother ,Simao, made the voyage together. In his new home, he composed, resurrected a few of his earlier works, was again made maestre of the royal chapel, and was later made maestro of the Teatro San Joao. Even with greater political security, re-established court connections, and hopeful horizons, not all was well for him. Portugal battled mental illness during the last few years of his life and eventually passed away at the age of 67, leaving a legacy of compositions behind, including Lo spazzacamino principe (1794), La donna di genio volubile (1796), L'oro non compra amore, Le donne cambiate (1797), Fernando nel Messico (1798), and A Castanheira (1788). His opera La morte di Semiramide (1801) was recorded for the Opera Rara label in 1982 and for Koch Schwann in 1993. Read less
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    Cherry Ripe - Vocal Treasures Of The 18th And 19th Centuries / Riedel
    Label: Melba   Catalog: 301118 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Modeste Grétry,  Girolamo Crescentini,  Francesco Bianchi,  Niccolò Zingarelli  ... 
    Performer:  Deborah Riedel
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
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    Art And Music - Goya - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558178 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Domenico Scarlatti,  François Joseph Gossec,  Antonio Soler  ... 
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    Arriaga: Symphony In D, Etc / Cassuto, Algarve Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557207 Release Date: 11/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcos António Portugal,  António Leal Moreira,  Joao de Sousa Carvalho,  Carlos Seixas  ... 
    Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Algarve Orchestra
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    Portugal: Le Donne Cambiate / Cassuto, Russo, Ferraz, Et Al
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 225154 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcos António Portugal
    Performer:  Ana Ferraz,  Luis Rodrigues,  Ana Paula Russo,  Jorge Vaz de Carvalho  ... 
    Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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    Rossini: La Morte Di Didone, Aria Di Baule / Devia, Carella
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2524 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Marcos António Portugal
    Performer:  Mariella Devia
    Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Coro da camera di Praga
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    Yvonne Kenny - 19th Century Heroines / Parry, Philharmonia
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 201 Release Date: 08/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Michele Carafa,  Marcos António Portugal,  Giuseppe Nicolini  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Montague,  Yvonne Kenny,  Philip Doghan,  James Meek  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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