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Johann Adolf Hasse

Born 25 March 1699. Died 23 December 1783.
Johann Adolf Hasse

Biography

Johann Adolph Hasse (baptised 25 March 1699 – 16 December 1783) was an 18th-century German composer, singer and teacher of music. Immensely popular in his time, Hasse was best known for his prolific operatic output, though he also composed a considerable quantity of sacred music. Married to soprano Faustina Bordoni and a great friend of librettist Pietro Metastasio, whose libretti he frequently set, Hasse was a pivotal figure in the development of opera seria and 18th-century music.

Hasse was born in Bergedorf, near Hamburg, and died in Venice.

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