Geminiano Giacomelli

(ca. 1692 - 1740)

Italian composer, born in Piacenza. Pupil of Capelli; maestro di cappella at Parma cathedral; supposed study with Alessandro Scarlatti is questionable. Served together with Capelli as maestro at the Parmesan court, and also at the Chiesa della Steccata (1717-27); later took a similar post at the Church of S. Giovanni in Piacenza (1727-32), but returned to Parma (1732-37) before becoming maestro di cappella at the Santa Casa in Loreto, where he remained until his death. He wrote some nineteen operas, including Cesare in Egitto (Milan, 1735; revived at Graz, 1737) and settings of libretti by Zeno and Metastasio. His output includes arias, intermezzi, oratorios, and other sacred pieces.

A Partial Geminiano Giacomelli Discography   |   VIIF: Ballet and Opera | VIIIF: Sacred Music of the Italian Settecento