Saverio Mercadante

Saverio Mercadante

  • Born: 17th September 1795
  • Died: 17th December 1870
  • Birthplace: Altamura, near Bari in Apulia, Italy

Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante was an Italian composer, particularly of operas. While Mercadante may not have retained the international celebrity of Gaetano Donizetti or Gioachino Rossini beyond his own lifetime, he composed as impressive a number of works as either; and his development of operatic structures, melodic styles and orchestration contributed significantly to the foundations upon which Giuseppe Verdi built his dramatic technique.