Paisiello, Giovanni

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Paisiello, Giovanni Gender: M
Giovanni Gregorio Cataldo Paisiello
born on 10 May 1740 at 00:58 (= 12:58 AM )
Place Taranto, Italy, 40n28, 17e15
Timezone LMT m17e15 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 19°31' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 29°13 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 15°50'

Giovanni Paisiello (Portrait by Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, 1791)


Italian opera composer. Paisiello's father was a veterinarian in service to the King of Naples. He sent his son to a local monastery when the boy was 8 years old and the monks there were captivated by his beautiful voice and musical memory. In 1754, they sent him to Naples to study at the conservatory. He spent several years there. In his ninth and final year one of his compositions, an opera, was performed to positive reviews. He continued to write operas. In 1776 he was brought to the Russian court of Catherine II as her music master and stayed for nine years. His "Barber of Seville" became the model for Rossini's later opera by the same name. In 1784 he was back in Naples in service as Chapel Master to Ferdinando IV. He later moved to Paris under the aegis of Napoleon. In March 1803, his opera "Proserpine" was performed at the Paris Opera House. It was to be his last opera.

Moving back to Naples as he and his wife were aging, he met with great acclaim and protection by Joseph Bonaparte. Once the Bourbons attained power, however, his pension was revoked. His wife died in 1815 and Paisiello died the following year, June 5, 1816 in Naples.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Family : Change residence 1776 (to Russia)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1803 ("Proserpina")

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes the biography by Jno Leland Hunt, "Giovanni Paisiello: His Life as an Opera Composer" (National Opera Asscociation, 1975), p. 1, which cites the baptismal record: "On May 12, 1740, N. 180, Giovanni Gregorio Cataldo, legitimate and natural son of Francesco Paisiello and Grazia Antonia Fuggiale of Taranto, was born on the ninth day of the same month; at exactly the sixth hour of the night ..." Hunt clarifies that this would mean a birthdate of 9 May 1740 (and not 1741) as some references give), and that he was born in the village of Roccaforzata, a few kilometres from Taranto (Taranto's coordinates are used here). As the Florentine calendar was still in effect, the "sixth hour" would mean the sixth hour after sunset, calculated for 6:58 PM on the 9th, plus 6 hours = 12:58 AM on the 10th of May, 1740.


  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger