Aliases: baptized Pietro, taken into the Franciscan order as Antonio, sometimes called Marc'Antonio
Baptized: 5 August 1623
Died: 14 October 1669
Biography Italian singer and composer of operas and cantatas. In 1637 he joined the Franciscans. While he was in Volterra he turned more toward secular music, perhaps due to the patronage and influence of the powerful Medici family. By 1650 Cesti's calling as a Franciscan friar and his success as a singer and composer for operas was coming into conflict, and he was officially reprimanded. In 1652 he became a member of the court at Innsbruck of Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria. In 1666 he became Vice-Kapellmeister at Vienna. He composed 16 operas and about 70 cantatas (about half the number that are attributed to him).
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