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
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  • 26.
    Operatic Duets For Baritone & Bass / Hampson, Ramey
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4677172 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Miguel Gómez-Martinez
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  • 27.
    Haydn: Arias & Cantatas / Arleen Auger, Christopher Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 423496 Release Date: 03/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Arleen Augér
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society
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  • 28.
    Cimarosa: 30 Sonatas - Arrangements For Guitar
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94172 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Claudio Giuliani
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  • 29.
    Heinz Holliger Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94054 Release Date: 10/01/2010   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  Klaus Thunemann,  Maurice Bourgue,  Hermann Baumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  David Zinman,  Eliahu Inbal,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Cimarosa: Requiem In G Minor / Trevor, Kucerova, Kruzliakova, Ludha, Belacek
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572371 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  L'udovit Ludha,  Adriana Kucerová,  Terezia Kruzliakova,  Gustav Belacek  ... 
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucnica Chorus,  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 31.
    Cimarosa: Requiem / Negri, Ameling, Finnila
    Label: Philips Baroque Classics   Catalog: 422489 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Kurt Widmer,  Birgit Finnilä,  Elly Ameling,  Richard Van Vrooman
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreux Festival Chorus,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Mozart, Cimarosa: Flute Concertos / Bennett, Nicolet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421630 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Aurèle Nicolet,  Christine Nicolet,  William Bennett
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 33.
    The Art Of Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48199 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Reicha  ... 
    Performer:  Marielle Nordmann,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Shigenori Kudo,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Claudio Scimone,  János Rolla,  Placido Domingo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  I Solisti Veneti,  Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Antonini, Forte, Laplace, Pinti
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33631 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Aldo Caputo,  Mario Cassi,  Alberto Rinaldi,  Damiana Pinti  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wallonie Royal Opera Orchestra
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    Cimarosa: Il matrimonia segreto / Auger, Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93962 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Julia Varády,  Arleen Augér,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Julia Hamari  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Summer Serenade / Patrick Gallois
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457610 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois
    Conductor:  Philip Bride,  Emmanuel Krivine,  Bernard Thomas,  Jacques Mercier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Instrumental Ensemble,  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Paris Chamber Music Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    Cimarosa: I Tre Amanti / Loehrer, Retchitzka, Gaifa,  Malacarne
    Label: Nuova Era   Catalog: 232888 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Laerte Malaguti,  Maria Grazia Ferracini,  Carlo Gaifa,  Basia Retchitzka  ... 
    Conductor:  Edwin Loehrer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Air - The Most Beautiful Baroque Melodies
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149442 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Pischner,  Eckart Haupt,  Werner Tast,  E. Power Biggs
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Helmut Koch,  Wolf-Dieter Hauschild
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Il Mito Dell'opera - William Matteuzzi
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1210 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  William Matteuzzi
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  • 41.
    Cimarosa: Sacred Music - Coeli Voces / Francesco Quattrocchi, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 5636 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Conductor:  Francesco Quattrocchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra,  Schola Cantorum Sancti Bavonis Gandae
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  • 42.
    Carnevale Di Venezia / Eduard Brunner
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 728 Release Date: 06/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Saverio Mercadante,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Eduard Brunner
    Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Amadeus & Vienna / Scaltriti, Rousset
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 458557 Release Date: 06/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sarti,  Giuseppe Gazzaniga,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Salieri  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Scaltriti
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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  • 44.
    Cimarosa: Keyboard Sonatas Vol 1 / Victor Sangiorgio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570718 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio
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  • 45.
    Bella Napoli - Concertos For Oboe / Christoph Hartmann
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 14232 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Pasculli,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Christoph Hartmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Berlin
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  • 46.
    Italian Serenade / James Galway, Kazuhito Yamashita
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5679 Release Date: 06/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Niccolò Paganini,  Mauro Giuliani,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Kazuhito Yamashita,  James Galway
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  • 47.
    Cimarosa, Stamitz, Salieri: Concertos For Flute And Oboe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416359 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Antonio Salieri,  Carl Stamitz
    Performer:  Aurèle Nicolet,  Heinz Holliger
    Conductor:  Kenneth Sillito
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 48.
    Cimarosa: Atene Edificata / Quattrocchi, Hisku, Bassano, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2428 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Maria Rosaria De Rossi,  Simone Ponziani,  Lindita Hisku,  Novello Bassano  ... 
    Conductor:  Fernando Quattrocchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alio Tempore Ensemble
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    Cimarosa: Dixit Dominus / Pirona, Rizzone, Rottensteiner, Bonfatti
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999988 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Sylvia Rottensteiner,  Gregory Bonfatti,  Cinzia Rizzone
    Conductor:  Fabio Pirona
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voci Roveretane,  I Musici Cantori Di Trento,  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Wolf-Ferrari: Capolavori del '900 per Oboe; Cimarosa, Pedrollo / Baccini
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 872301 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Arrigo Pedrollo,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
    Performer:  Alessandro Baccini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Adria Philharmonic Orchestra
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