While alive, he was even more popular than Mozart and was invited by Katherine, the tsarina of Russia to be her court conductor to Petersburg and then by Napoleon to Paris.
The premiere night of his opera titled Nina – according to reminiscences – was such an elated experience for the audience that they were shouting, crying or sitting shocked wordlessly and unable to move out of the auditorium. The professional and private life of the crackerjack composer with his bright blue eyes was also full of adventures; once he even got imprisoned because he had failed to keep a written promise of marriage. The composer was born in Taranto in 1740 and every year there is a festival in his hometown dedicated to him. In the festival's programme this year, on September 20th, the audience will have the opportunity to listen to a solo recital by Balázs Fülei playing Paisiello's sonatas and works by Purcell, Zipoli, Mozart and Schubert as well.
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