1752-1837

April 4, 1752, Naples, Italy.

May 5, 1837, Torre del Greco, Naples, Italy.

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Beginning at age seven, Zingarelli studied at the Santa Maria di Loreto Conservatory under Fenaroli and Speranza. In 1789-1790, he went to Paris to compose Antigone. He left France hurriedly at the time of the revolution, and eventually returned to Italy. He was appointed maestro di cappella at Milan Cathedral in 1793, staying there until 1794, when he became maestro di cappella at the Santa Casa, Loreto.

In 1804, Zingarelli was appointed choir master of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. In 1811 he refused, as an Italian patriot, to conduct a Te Deum for Napoleon’s newborn son, known as King of Rome, in St. Peter’s, Rome and he was taken as a prisoner to Paris. However, Napoleon père was a fan of Zingarelli’s music and so quickly released him. In addition, Zingarelli was awarded a state pension.

In 1813, Zingarelli moved to Naples, where he became Director of the Conservatory. In 1816, he replaced Giovanni Paisiello as choir master of Naples Cathedral, a position he held until his death.

  1. Aquilla

Zingarelli’s burial place