A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Antonio Sacchini

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May 30, 1761: Andromaca, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (31) to words of Salvi, is performed for the first time, in Teatro San Carlo, Naples. It is his first opera seria.
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October 12, 1762: Antonio Sacchini (32), secondo maestro at the Conservatorio Santa Maria di Loreto in Naples, is granted leave to travel to Venice to produce an opera at the Teatro San Benedetto.
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July 9, 1763: Olimpiade, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (33) to words of Metastasio, is performed for the first time, in Teatro Nuovo, Padua. It is a glittering success and will lead to more performances throughout Italy.
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November 4, 1764: Lucio Vero, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (34) to words of Zeno, is performed for the first time, in Teatro San Carlo, Naples.
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November 4, 1765: Il Creso, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (35) to words of Pizzi, is performed for the first time, in Teatro San Carlo, Naples.
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March 27, 1767: Gioas, an oratorio by Antonio Sacchini (36), is performed for the first time, in Rome.
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January 8, 1770: Scipione in Cartagena, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (39) to words of Giunti, is performed for the first time, in the Munich Residenz.
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February 11, 1770: Calliroe, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (39) to words of Verazi, is performed for the first time, in the Schloss, Ludwigsburg.
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April 27, 1770: L’eroe cinese, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (39) to words of Metastasio, is performed for the first time, in the Munich Residenz.
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November 4, 1771: Ezio, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (41) to words of Metastasio, is performed for the first time, in Teatro San Carlo, Naples.
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January 19, 1773: Il Cid, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (42) to words of Bottarelli after Corneille, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London.
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May 6, 1773: Tamerlano, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (42) to words of Bottarelli after Piovene, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London.
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January 29, 1774: Perseo, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (43) to words of Bottarelli after Aureli, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London.
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April 19, 1774: Nitteti, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (43) to words of Bottarelli after Metastasio, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London.
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February 7, 1775: Montezuma, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (44) to words of Bottarelli, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London.
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January 21, 1777: Germondo, an opera seria by Tommaso Traetta (49) to words of Goldoni, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London. Traetta finds it tough going in London due to the great popularity of Antonio Sacchini (46).
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February 7, 1778: Erifile, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (47) to words of De Gamerra, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London.
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May 4, 1778: L’amore soldato, a dramma giocoso by Antonio Sacchini (47) to words of Andrei after Tassi, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London.
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November 24, 1778: L’avaro deluso, o Don Calandrino, a dramma giocoso by Antonio Sacchini (48) to words of Andrei after Bertati, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London.
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March 25, 1779: Enea e Lavinia, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (48) to words of Bottarelli, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London.
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April 22, 1780: Antonio Sacchini’s (49) Armida is revived at the King’s Theatre, London as Rinaldo. It is the hit of the London season.
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January 23, 1781: Mitridate, an opera seria by Antonio Sacchini (50) to words of Zeno, is performed for the first time, in King’s Theatre, London.
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August 1, 1781: Antonio Sacchini (51) is presented to Parisian society at a ball given by Queen Marie Antoinette. Also present is the Queen’s brother, Emperor Joseph II of Austria, who had urged her to bring Sacchini to Paris.
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February 28, 1783: Renaud, a tragédie lyrique by Antonio Sacchini (52) to words of Leboeuf and Pellegrin after Tasso, is performed for the first time, at the Paris Opéra. Sacchini finds himself in the middle of the war between the Piccinnists and Gluckists. As a result, it is not well received.
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November 18, 1783: Chimène, a tragédie lyrique by Antonio Sacchini (53) to words of Guillard after Corneille, is performed for the first time, at Fontainebleau. Perceived as a rival of Niccolò Piccinni (55), Sacchini’s work does not compare well.
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September 18, 1784: Dardanus, a tragédie by Antonio Sacchini (54) to words of Guillard after Le Clerc de La Bruère, is performed for the first time, at Versailles. It is not successful.
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January 4, 1786: Oedipe à Colone, a tragédie lyrique by Antonio Sacchini (55) to words of Guillard after Sophocles, is performed for the first time, at Versailles.
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October 6, 1786: Antonio Maria Gasparo Gioacchino Sacchini dies in his apartment at 15 rue de Richelieu, Paris, Kingdom of France, aged 56 years, three months and 22 days. He was depressed since Queen Marie Antoinette removed her support and patronage earlier this year and he stopped eating.
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April 29, 1788: Arvire et Evelina, a tragédie lyrique by Antonio Sacchini (†1) to words of Guillard after Mason, is performed for the first time, at the Paris Opéra. Left unfinished at the composer’s death, the work is completed by the Opéra orchestra conductor, Jean-Baptiste Rey.