Domenico Cimarosa

Biography

Born: December 17, 1749; Aversa, Italy   Died: January 11, 1801; Venice, Italy  
A composer who was quite familiar to Mozart's operatic audiences, Domenico Cimarosa was the prolific creator of over 60 operas. He was the son of a poor bricklayer, coming from a working-class family. He studied music at the Conservatorio Santa Maria di Loreto from 1761 until 1772. Among his teachers was the famous Piccinni, the rival of Gluck in France. His first opera was Le stravaganza del conte. It premiered in Naples in 1772, and its success Read more was such that it brought Cimarosa immediate recognition. Cimarosa spent the next several years in Rome and Naples, and composed over twenty operas for these two cities. His operas were performed internationally in Paris, Vienna, Dresden, and London. In 1787, Catherine II invited him to St. Petersburg. During his stay in Russia, Cimarosa continued to compose at a prodigious rate. La Cleopatra and La vergine del sole are two works that were staged in 1788. Subsequently, Leopold II of Austria engaged him as court Kapellmeister in Vienna, to fill the position vacated by Salieri. One of Cimarosa's greatest successes was staged in Vienna. Il matrimonio segreto, a delightful comic opera full of invention and wit, immensely pleased the Emperor. He gave the entire cast supper, and had them perform the entire opera again that same evening. Although lacking Mozart's depth, Cimarosa's music does possess some of Mozart's qualities -- in particular, a gift for the comic, buffo style.

After the death of the Emperor, Salieri was reappointed Kapellmeister, and Cimarosa was released. He left Vienna and returned to Naples where he entered the service of the King. He was hailed in Naples as a great operatic hero, and his Il matrimonio segreto was performed 57 times running. However, Cimarosa's last years were marked by misfortune. When the French Republican army marched into Naples, Cimarosa enthusiastically declared his support of the revolution. He was immediately thrown into prison and condemned to death. The King eventually released him, but banished him from Naples. Broken in spirit, Cimarosa attempted to return to Russia, but died in Venice in 1801. Because of rumors that he was poisoned, the government was obliged to perform an autopsy. In addition to operas, Cimarosa left behind oratorios, masses, and cantatas, and some instrumental music. Read less
Cimarosa: Il matrimonia segreto / Auger, Fischer-Dieskau
Release Date: 02/09/2010   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93962   Number of Discs: 3
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Concerti Per Oboe - Cimarosa, Bach, Et Al / Lencses, Angerer
Release Date: 10/29/2002   Label: Carus  
Catalog: 83114   Number of Discs: 2
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    Great Trumpet Concertos / Payne, Hopkins, Melbourne Symphony
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4763531 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Lovelock,  Henri Tomasi,  Richard Mills,  Alexander Arutiunian  ... 
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    Hommage A Trois
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 428 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  William Berger,  Carolyn Sampson
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    Julian Bream - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 546242 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Mateo Pérez de Albeniz,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
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    Cimarosa - Il Maestro Di Cappella / Sarti, Ephrikian, I Solisti Di Milano
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802203 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Gastone Sarti
    Conductor:  Angelo Ephrikian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Milano
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    Cimarosa: Overtures Vol 3 /   Gallois, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572734 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
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    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 242 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Voice Of The Century [23 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001792900 Release Date: 01/15/2013   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jörg Demus,  Gerald Moore  ... 
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    Label: Mood Media Entertainment   Catalog: 57757 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  César Cui,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel,  Tamas Benkocs,  Kimball Sykes,  Stéphane Lemelin  ... 
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    Scarlatti: La Dirindina; Cimarosa: Il Maestro Di Cappella; Sarro: Lőimpresario Delle Canarie / Cirri, Orchestra Ars Cantus
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 20023 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Domenico Sarro
    Performer:  Patrizia Cigna,  Giorgio Gatti,  Adriana Cicogna,  Ernesto Palacio
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    Deutsche Oper Berlin - 100 Years 1912-2012
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107522 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Erika Köth,  Walter Berry,  Pilar Lorengar,  Donald Grobe  ... 
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    L'Art de la Flute de Pan / Simon Stanciu
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3140 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Simion Stanciu Syrinx,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Alexandre Lagoya,  Marielle Nordmann
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    Arturo Toscanini - The Complete RCA Collection [84 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 791631 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Cimarosa: Die Heimliche Ehe  / Maazel, Greindl, Koth, Otto, Grobe, Mcdaniel
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101625 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Patricia Johnson,  Erika Köth,  Josef Greindl,  Lisa Otto  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    L'Olimpiade - The Opera / Basso, Gauvin, Chryssicos, Venice Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5295 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonardo Leo,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Baldassare Galuppi,  Giuseppe Sarti  ... 
    Performer:  Romina Basso,  Franziska Gottwald,  Karina Gauvin,  Nicholas Phan  ... 
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    Domenico Cimarosa: Requiem
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 1092455 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Charles Gounod,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Valerie Gabail,  Katalin Varkonyi,  Etienne Lescroart,  Ronan Nédélec  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer,  Olivier Vernet,  Joel Suhubiette,  Jean-Marc Andrieu  ... 
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    Julian Bream In Concerto
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1174 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani,  Malcolm Arnold,  Lennox Berkeley,  Albert Roussel  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0362 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Elena Rizzieri,  Dora Gatta,  Cesare Valletti,  Maria Luisa Giorgetti  ... 
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0357 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Paisiello,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Alfredo Nobile,  Angela Vercelli,  Agostino Ferrin,  Giuseppe Zecchillo  ... 
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  • 19.
    Cimarosa: Keyboard Sonatas Vol 2 / Victor Sangiorgio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572689 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio
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    Italia - Guitar Duos / Heinrich Albert Duo
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6031710 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferdinando Carulli,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Mauro Giuliani,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
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    Liasons / Chen Reiss, Werner Ehrhardt, L'arte Del Mondo
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4068 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Salieri,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Chen Reiss
    Conductor:  Werner Erhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
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    Dame Joan Sutherland - Complete Decca Studio Recitals  [23-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619502 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 23
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    The Original Jacket Collection - Julian Bream
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 731621 Release Date: 10/04/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Mateo Pérez de Albeniz,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
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    Maurice Andre Edition: Suites, Dances And Arrangements
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4676062 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Traditional,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Jean-Michel Defaye  ... 
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    James Galway Plays Flute Concertos
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