Carvalho, João de Sousa

(1745-1799)
   The foremost composer of opera of his generation. He studied at the Colégio dos Santos Reis in Vila Viçosa and at the Conservatorio di S Onofrio in Naples. While in Italy, his La Nitteti was performed in Rome in 1766. He returned to Portugal in 1767, where he joined the Irmandade de Santa Cecília at the Seminário da Patriarca and served as maestro from 1769 to 1773, and as maestro de capela from 1773 to 1798. He became the music teacher for the royal family in 1778. His many works, which include L'Amore industrioso (1769), Penelope Nellapartenza da Sparta (1782), Nettuno ed Egle (1785), and several Masses, were written in the style of Niccolo Jommelli.
   See also Music.

Historical dictionary of Portugal 3rd ed.. . 2014.

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