Pietro Metastasio


Pietro Metastasio
Librettist
(1698-1782)
Pietro Metastasio was an Italian poet and librettist, and the most celebrated creator of librettos for opera seria in the 18th century. He began to study Latin and law early on, but his virtues as a poet swiftly manifested themselves. He was 14 years old when he wrote a tragedy in the style of Seneca, and 19 when his first volume of verse was published. He developed a lifelong friendship with the castrato Carlo Farinelli and composers like Nicola Porpora and Leonardo Vinci. In 1730, he wound up in the Viennese court, where he held the post of poet laureate until the end of his life, writing librettos for numerous, from Pergolesi to Mozart.