14 February 1602, Crema, Lombardy – 14 January 1676
Pietro Francesco Caletti-Bruni was the most important Italian composer of opera in the mid-17th century.
The son of Gian Battista Caletti-Bruni, he assumed the name of his Venetian patron Federico Cavalli. In December 1616 he became a singer in the choir of St.Mark’s Basilica in Venice (1616), second organist (1639), first organist (1665), and maestro di cappella (1668).
During his lifetime he exercised a considerable influence on European taste. Didone (1641) is perhaps his most interesting work, but it was his Egisto, given in Paris in 1646, that initiated the rivalry between French and Italian styles.
Twenty-seven of his 42 operas are preserved in manuscript in the library of St. Mark’s, and renewed interest in Cavalli has resulted in numerous revivals, recordings, and publications of his operas. Erismena and L’Ormindo have been recorded, and various others have been excerpted and recorded.
Cavalli was born at Crema, Lombardy. He became a singer (soprano) at St Mark’s Basilica in Venice in 1616, where he had the opportunity to work under the tutorship of Claudio Monteverdi. He became second organist in 1639, first organist in 1665, and in 1668 maestro di cappella .
L’Amore Innamorato L’Arpeggiata: Christina Pluhar, Nuria Rial, Hana Blažíková, 2015