born on 12/1/1711 in Bari, Puglia, Italy
died on 15/1/1788 in Napoli, Campania, Italy
Gaetano Latilla (12 January 1711 15 January 1788) was an Italian opera composer, the most important of the period immediately preceding Niccolò Piccinni (his nephew).
Latilla was born in Bari, and studied at the Loreto Conservatory in Naples. He began writing comic operas for the Teatro dei Fiorentini in Naples in 1732, and is best known for his settings of Gismondo (Rome, 1737) and Madama Ciana (Rome, 1738). These two works, along with two by Rinaldo da Capua, formed the core of the traveling Italian comic opera repertory of the 1740s and early 1750s. He also wrote some opere serie, the first of which was a setting of Demofoonte (Venice, 1738).
- See List of operas by Latilla.
- Robinson, Michael F and Monson, Dale E (1992), 'Latilla, Gaetano' in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0-333-73432-7
- Free scores by Gaetano Latilla in the International Music Score Library Project