Introduction to Dafni
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Born in Augusta, Sicily of Spanish nobility, he moved with his family to Palermo in 1693. He first became known through this opera, Dafni, performed in Genoa in 1709. He is remembered mainly for a Stabat Mater in C that was popular during the nineteenth century; he also composed villançicos, many solo cantatas, and possibly another opera, Zenobia (Vienna, 1712).