Porpora, Niccolò Antonio (nēk-kōlôˈ äntôˈnyō pôrˈpōrä) [key], 1686–1766, Italian composer and one of the greatest singing teachers. As an opera composer he was employed to be Handel's rival in London, but he is remembered for his vocal teaching. Metastasio and Haydn were among his pupils, as were many of the major singers of the 18th cent., including Farinelli.
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