This week: Nicola Porpora.
An operatic composer with a competitive streak, he thrived in an atmosphere of rivalry. Pitting himself against Hasse in Dresden and Handel in London, he seemed to arrive in town looking for a fight. He counted the famous castrato Farinelli as one of his protégés, and hired 20-year-old Haydn as his accompanist and valet!
Tune in to “A Little Night Music” every night this week, just after 8 o’clock.