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Coccia, Carlo

Coccia, Carlo (b Naples, 1782; d Novara, 1873). It. composer. First opera, Il matrimonio per lettera di cambio, failed in Rome, 1807, but he wrote 21 more between 1809 and 1817, mostly for Venice, the most successful being Clotilde (1815). Eclipsed in It. by Rossini, so went to Lisbon 1820 and to London 1824, where he taught singing at RAM. Comp. Maria Stuarda for Pasta, 1827. Returned to It. 1828, but only his Caterina di Guisa (Milan, 1833) had any success. Wrote his 37th and last opera in 1841. Dir. of singing sch. at Turin 1836; choirmaster at Novara 1840, remaining there composing sacred mus. until his death. Contributed Lacrymosa for unacc. ch. to Requiem organized by Verdi as memorial to Rossini.

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