Michele Carafa De Colobrano, an Italian composer, born in Naples, Nov. 28, 1785, died in Paris, July 26,1872. He studied music under eminent masters, but enlisted in the Italian army, was captured by the French in 1806, became equerry of Murat, and subsequently served under him in Sicily and in Russia, leaving the army in 1814 with the rank of chief of squadron. Returning to Italy, several of his operas were successfully produced at Naples, Venice, Milan, and Vienna; and in 1821 he became a permanent resident of Paris. Prominent among the numerous operas which he brought out there were Le solitaire and Ma-saniello; but even these, though remarkable for sweetness and vivacity, are now obsolete, and the attempt to revive Le solitaire in 1856 was unsuccessful. He has been charged with imitating Rossini, but his merits as a composer of pleasing though not vigorous music were incontestable, and he was elected to the academy of tine arts, and was professor at the conservatoire and director of the military music at the Gymnase, and in 1847 was made an officer of the legion of honor.

The latter part of his life was spent in poverty.