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 Stephen Storace

Stephen Storace

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 19 Mar 1796 (aged 33)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 12486 · View Source
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Composer. Once celebrated for his English comic operas, he is all but forgotten today. Storace was born in London. His father, an Italian contrabass player, taught him the violin before sending him to study music at the Conservatorio di Sant Onofrio in Naples. From 1785 to 1787 he lived in Vienna, where he met Mozart and had his first two operas successfully performed. The second, "Gli Equivoci" (1786), was based on Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" and boasted a book by Mozart's great librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte. He then returned to London and enjoyed growing fame as a composer for the King's and Drury Lane theatres. The most popular of his 15 English operas were "The Haunted Tower" (1789), "No Song, No Supper" (1790), "The Siege of Belgrade" (1791), "The Pirates" (1792), "The Cherokee" (1794), and "The Iron Chest" (1796). Several are in the form of "afterpieces", one-act comedies designed to lighten the mood after the performance of a tragedy. A special production of "The Pirates" was mounted for King George III in 1794. Storace's music has been described as quite English in character, despite his Italian training and penchant for borrowing material from other composers. He is credited with introducing the "grand finale" to English opera and insisted that his casts continue to act while singing. He caught cold during rehearsals of "The Iron Chest" and died at the age of 33. Most of his music is either lost or survives only in piano-vocal score, the unpublished full scores having been destroyed in a fire. His sister was famed singer Nancy Storace, who created the role of Susanna in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and appeared in a number of her brother's operas.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 13 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12486
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Stephen Storace (4 Apr 1762–19 Mar 1796), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12486, citing East Finchley Cemetery and Crematorium, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .