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from the Naples Conservatory Library, MS Solfeggio 4     push button

Giuseppe Aprile (1732–1813) trained with his father, who was a church singer. At age nineteen he moved to Naples to finish his training with the master Gregorio Sciroli. In later years Aprile was sometimes called "Il Scirolino," meaning "the young [product of] Sciroli." As a castrato soprano, Aprile made his operatic debut in Naples in 1752. He gained some fame in Naples and then began to appear in other Italian cities. His most famous roles were associated with the composer Jommelli, whose operas in Stuttgart featured Aprile as the primo uomo. In his fifties Aprile retired from singing and concentrated on his work as a teacher back in Naples. It was in connection with his teaching that he composed a number of solfeggi, many of which were published in England in 1791.