Samara, Spiro



Greek dramatic composer; born at Corfu; the son of a Greek father and an English mother. He was a pupil of Enrico Stancampiano in Athens, and later to Leo Delibes at the Paris Conservatory. Samara's ftrst work was an opera, Flora mirabilis, produced at Milan in 1886, at other Italian cities, and also at Corfu. He next wrote the operas, Medge; Lionella; a three-act grand opera, La Martire; a lyric comedy, La Furia Domata; also numerous piano-pieces and songs. His latest work is an opera, the History of Love, produced in Paris, 1902. Samara is distinguished in several other ways, being a writer of ability and an excellent linguist.