Nicknamed "Zazzerino," Jacopo Peri (1561-1633) is credited, along with Corsi librettist Rinuccini, with creating the first true opera, Dafne, of which only fragments remain. The oldest surving opera, Euridice, is likewise a Peri collaboration with Rinuccini. It is thought that he also sang the role of Orpheus. Peri was also a church organist and wrote ballets, madrigals, and instrumental music.

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Jacopo Peri: Zazzerino
Biography from the Here Of A Sunday Morning radio program with analysis of style, major compositions, associates, partial discography, and related musical information.
What Was the First Opera?
Examines the origins of the genre, including immediate precursors, settling on Peri and Corsi's Daphne as the most likely answer.
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