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Pietro Pariati
Poet and librettist

Pietro Pariati

Pietro Pariati
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Intro Poet and librettist
Was Poet Librettist Writer
From Italy Austria
Field Literature Music
Gender male
Birth 27 March 1665, Reggio Emilia, Province of Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death 14 October 1733, Vienna, Austria (aged 68 years)
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Pietro Pariati (Reggio Emilia, 27 March 1665- Vienna, 14 October 1733) was an Italian poet and librettist. He was initially secretary to Rinaldo d'Este (1655–1737), Duke of Modena. Then from 1699 to 1714, he made his living as a poet in Venice, initially writing librettos with Apostolo Zeno, then independently. Then finally from 1714-1729 he was Metastasio's predecessor at the Vienna court of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor.


Apart from many oratorio librettos, his most popular opera librettos included:

  • Flavio Anicio Olibrio (with Zeno, 1708), set by Gasparini, Porpora and Jommelli
  • Astarto (with Zeno, 1708), set by Albinoni and Caldara
  • Sesostri re di Egitto (1710), set by Gasparini and Galuppi
  • Il Giustino (after Beregan, 1711), set by Albinoni, Vivaldi and Händel
  • Costantino (1711), set by Gasparini and Lotti/Caldara
  • Teseo in Creta (1715), set by Porpora, Händel and Galuppi
  • Orfeo ed Euridice (1715), set by Johann Joseph Fux
  • Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena (with Zeno, 1719), set by Conti and Holzbauer
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