Nicola Porpora

1686 (Naples) – 1768 (Naples)

Both Hasse and Farinelli were Porpora’s pupils, Hasse later becoming a professional rival. Haydn became his valet and accompanist, and said that he learned ‘the true fundamentals of composition’ from him. Metastasio wrote libretti for him during a long and fruitful friendship, the première of one work launching Farinelli’s public career.