Giovanni de Gamerra

Giovanni de Gamerra (26 December 1742 – 29 August 1803) was an Italian cleric, a playwright, and a poet. He is best known as a prolific librettist.

Gamerra was born in Livorno, and worked from 1771 at the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan – an important centre for opera at the time. Operas based on his librettos include Sarti's ''Medonte, re di Epiro'' and Josef Mysliveček's ''Il Medonte'', Paisiello's ''Pirro'', several operas by Antonio Salieri and Mozart's ''Lucio Silla'' (though this libretto was modified by Metastasio). His ''Erifile'' was set by several composers. De Gamerra is also said to have been the first translator of Mozart's ''Die Zauberflöte'' into Italian. His librettos are in the grand, orderly tradition of Metastasio, but incorporate progressive elements with enhanced use of chorus, ballet, and elaborate scenery. In 1793, aided by his reputation as a protégé of Metastasio, he was appointed as court librettist in Vienna, and he took to combining comic and serious features to please Viennese taste.

De Gamerra was politically active, and by his revolutionary attitudes incurred the wrath of Emperor Leopold II, who tried unsuccessfully to block his career. He died at Vicenza. Provided by Wikipedia

by De Gamerra, Giovanni
Published 1782
printed by R. Ayre, No. 5, Bridges-Street, opposite Drury-Lane Theatre

by De Gamerra, Giovanni
Published 1780
printed by E. Cox, Great Queen Street

by De Gamerra, Giovanni
Published 1783
printed for the author, by H. Reynell, No. 21, Piccadilly, near the Hay-Market

by De Gamerra, Giovanni
Published 1791
printed by H. Reynell

by Bottarelli, Giovan Gualberto
Published 1774
printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand
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