Jacopo Peri

Born: 20th August 1561

Died: 12th August 1633

Birthplace: probably Rome, Italy

Jacopo Peri (Zazzerino) was an Italian composer and singer of the transitional period between the Renaissance and Baroque styles, and is often called the inventor of opera. He wrote the first work to be called an opera today, Dafne (around 1597), and also the first opera to have survived to the present day, Euridice (1600).

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