Francesco Araia [Araja]

Born: Naples, Kingdom of Sicily, 25 June 1709
Died Bologna, States of the Church, 1770

Araia composed operas in Italy until around 1735 when he was invited to St. Petersburg to become the maestro di cappella of the Empress Anne. In 1759 he returned to Italy, but was recalled for the coronation of Tsar Peter III in 1762. He left soon after in the wake of Peter's overthrow by Catherine the Great.


contributed by Robert Martindale

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