From the late seventeenth century Naples was one of the venues for any Italian (or Italianate) composer or singer in search of fame and fortune. 
Great castrati like Farinelli, Senesino and Caffarelli intoxicated audiences, four conservatoires churned out star singers trained to the utmost, and composers like Alessandro Scarlatti, Leonardo Leo, 
Leonardo Vinci, Nicola Porpora and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi vied for public attention and private patronage. It was a heady musical mix of unequalled richness and variety, and a place where a composer might be murdered by a jealous nobleman, or a singer be thrown into prison for public lasciviousness.




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