Serrao, Paolo, Italian pedagogue and composer; b. Filadelfia, Catanzaro, 1830; d. Naples, March 17, 1907. He studied with Mercadante at the Naples Cons., and taught there from 1863. His first opera to be performed was Pergolesi (Naples, July 19, 1857), followed by La duchessa di Guisa (Naples, Dec. 6, 1865) and II figlimi prodigo (Naples, April 23, 1868). He also composed an oratorio, Gli Ortonesi in Scio (1869), Omaggio a Mercadante, funeral sym. (1871), Le tre ore d’agonia, passion, and much church music.
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