Cafaro, Pasquale, Italian composer; b. San Pietro in Galatina, Lecce, Feb. 8, 1716; d. Naples, Oct. 23, 1787. He studied at the Naples Cons., where he was made secondo maestro in 1759; he also was maestro di cappella soprannumeriario (1768–71) and then primo maestro (from 1771) of the Royal Chapel.
DRAMATIC: Opera: Ipermestra (Naples, Dec. 18, 1751); La disfatta di Dario (Naples, Jan. 20, 1756); L’incendio di Troia (Naples, Jan. 20, 1757); Arianna e Teseo (Naples, Jan. 20, 1766); Creso, ultimo ré della Lidia (Turin, 1768); L’Olimpiade (Naples, Jan. 12, 1769); Antigono (Naples, Aug. 13, 1770). other:5 oratorios; cantatas; a Stabat Mater.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire