Greber, Jakob, German composer; b. place and date known; d. Mannheim (buried), July 5, 1731. He was trained in Italy and in 1703 went to London, where he brought out the first Italian opera, Gli amori d’Ergasto (April 9, 1705), for the opening of the New Queen’s Theatre in the Haymarket. In 1707 he was appointed Kapellmeister to Duke Karl Philipp in Innsbruck, the governor of the Tirol. He continued in his patron’s service when he became Elector Palatine in 1717, and was active in Neuburg, Heidelberg, and Mannheim. In addition to his works for the stage, Greber also com-posed solo cantatas.
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