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Alessandro Scarlatti 1660-1725
Student of Carissimi and teacher of Hasse, Geminiani, and his son Domenico, Alessandro Scarlatti is sometimes regarded as the father of Neapolitan opera (opera seria). Scarlatti began his career as Maestro di cappella to the Queen of Sweden (in Rome, 1679), then to the Viceroy at Naples (1684), then at the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome (1703), and finally back to Naples (1708). Alessandro composed 115 operas as well as oratorios, Masses, cantatas (many solo), madrigals, concerti grossi, harpsichord and chamber pieces. When Handel visited Italy between 1706 and 1710, he met Alessandro and may have studied with him.