His endeavours also produced Berenice, regina di Egitto (1718), with music by both himself and Nicola Porpora.
Their defection to a new rival company, The Opera of the Nobility, under composer Nicola Porpora, was supported by the patronage of the Prince of Wales.
As she conducts the ensemble Orfeo 55, she lavishes her smooth, dusky contralto on highly decorated works by Handel, Porpora, Vivaldi, Bononcini, and Caldara.
He composed avidly but had no formal training until his late teens, when he worked with the Italian Niccolò Porpora.
Notable among Scarlatti’s immediate successors were such composers as Nicola Porpora, Leonardo Vinci, and Leonardo Leo.
He studied in Naples under Nicola Porpora, one of the leading 18th-century opera composers and the outstanding voice teacher of the century.
A fortunate chance brought him to the attention of the Italian composer and singing teacher Nicola Porpora, who accepted him as accompanist for voice lessons and corrected Haydn’s compositions.
He went to Italy, where he studied with Nicola Porpora and with Alessandro Scarlatti and where his opera seria Sesostrate (1726) established his reputation; in Italy he became known as “il Sassone” (“the Saxon”).
Among the examples of opera seria are Rinaldo (1711), by George Frideric Handel, Demofoonte (1764), by Niccolò Jommelli, Didone abbandonata (1725; Dido Abandoned), by Nicola Porpora, and Artaserse (1730), by Johann Adolf Hasse.
In her salon Metastasio formed his lifelong friendship with the castrato male soprano Carlo Farinelli and came to know such composers as Nicola Porpora (from whom he took music lessons), Domenico Sarro, and Leonardo Vinci, who were later to set his works to music.
Nicola Porpora, in full Nicola Antonio Giacinto Porpora, (born Aug. 17, 1686, Naples—died March 3, 1768, Naples), leading Italian teacher of singing of the 18th century and noted composer between 1708 and 1747 of more than 60 operas in the elegant, lyrical Neapolitan style.
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