Antonio Draghi


Italian composer and librettist who spent most of his life in Vienna. He was a singer at the Teatro S. Apollinare in Venice in 1657, but the following year was in Vienna, in the service of the dowager Empress Eleonora, widow of Ferdinand III. From 1682 he was Kapeilmeister to Emperor Leopold I. He composed many operas and other dramatic entertainments, usually to texts by the court poet Nicolô Minato, and also oratorios and sepoicri (dramatic enactments of the Passion), some of which were staged.

VIIF: Ballet and Opera