Antonio Salieri (born 18th August 1750) was a well known opera composer of the 18th century. He was an adopted student of Florian Gassman who was a music composer in Vienna. Antonio treated him as his second father. Florian Leopold Gassman molded Salieri’s talent in music and composition. He soon gained outstanding popularity for his brilliant compositions in Venice and later became the most sought after opera composer in Venice.
Antonio Salieri’s life had a tragic turn around when both of his parents died by the year 1765. He was then adopted by a rich nobleman and a good friend of his father - Giovanni Mocenigo. This exposed Antonio to the world of opera music. He began to study music with several opera singers such as Pacini who happened to be a singer of Gassman’s opera. He was later brought to Venice and that’s how Florian discovered Salieri’s incredible talent in music. Gassman offered to adopt young Salieri and bring him to Vienna as a protégé in composing incredible opera.
Antonio Salieri had an opportunity of composing operas under Gassman. This opportunity was well utilized by Antonio Salieri and he gained much knowledge and fame from it. He died on 7th may 1825.