Giuseppe Maria Orlandini


Italian composer. Orlandini began his musical career in Florence under Medici patronage, but most of his operas at this time were written for theatres elsewhere in Italy. He moved to Bologna in 1717, where he married and joined the Accademia Filarmonica. He continued to cultivate contacts with theatres throughout Italy, and met with particular success in Venice with Antigona (1718) and Nerone (1721).
Orlandini returned to his Medici patrons in 1732 and took the post of maestro di cappella at the grand-ducal court. From this point onwards, his new operas were performed mainly in Florence. He enjoyed unusually widespread success for much of his career, and is featured in Marcello's Il teatro alla moda.