Pietro Ottoboni (cardinal)

Pietro Ottoboni (* July 2, 1667 in Venice, † February 28, 1740 in Rome ) was an Italian Cardinal, patron and librettist. He is considered the last Kardinalnepot.


Ottoboni was a great-nephew of the same cardinal who was elected in 1689 as Alexander VIII Pope. This meted him a comprehensive education that woke Ottoboni interest in literature, art and music. At the age of 22, he was appointed by his great-uncle cardinal.

In addition to its wide range of tasks in the service of the Church (including cardinal deacon of the church of San Lorenzo in Damaso, Archpriest of the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano, Bishop of the diocese of Ostia and Velletri, Sabina, Frascati and Porto- Santa Rufina, General Superintendent of the Papal States, Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Church, Dean of the College of Cardinals ) Ottoboni was especially as a patron of literature, music and art, as books, paintings and coin collectors as well as a librettist a name. In his private chapel made ​​music the most important musicians of Rome including Corelli, Pasquini, Porta and Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti. At least six of his libretti were set to music by Alessandro Scarlatti; the premieres found mostly in Ottoboni private theater in the Palazzo della Cancelleria instead.

Librettos ( selection)

  • Statira ( 1690), set to music by Scarlatti
  • Colombo ossia L' India scoperta (1691 /92), probably set to music by Ottoboni himself
  • Cantata of the Assumption ( 1694 ), set to music by Scarlatti
  • Giuditta ( vittoriosa ) ( Oratorio, 1695), set to music by Scarlatti
  • La pastorella ( puppetry, 1705), set to music by Scarlatti
  • San Filippo Neri ( Oratorio, 1705), set to music by Scarlatti
  • Il trionfo della Castità (1705 ), set to music by Caldara
  • Il trionfo della Vergine SS ( Oratorio, 1706), set to music by Scarlatti
  • Cardinal Dean
  • Historical person (Italy )
  • Person (Venice)
  • Cardinal (18th century)
  • Patron
  • Libretto
  • Born in 1667
  • Died in 1740
  • Man