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Composers

Ricci, Federico

Born in Naples in 1809, he studied at the Naples Conservatory from 1818 where his teachers included Zingarelli, Pietro Raimondi and, in their capacity as Maestrini, his own brother (Luigi Ricci) and Bellini. His first production, Il Colonello, given...

Rossini, Gioachino

Born in Pesaro in 1792, Rossini studied in Bologna and went on to become the dominant force of Italian opera in the first half of the nineteenth century. Between 1806 and 1830 he wrote approaching forty operas. Among his early successes were Tancredi...

Thomas, Ambroise

Born 5 August 1811, the son of a musician, Thomas began to play the piano at an early age and in 1828 entered the Paris Conservatoire. In 1832 he won the Prix de Rome and subsequently spent three years in Italy. His first opera, the one-act comedy...

Verdi, Giuseppe

Born in 1813 in Roncole, Verdi became town music master in Busseto and married Margherita Barezzi, his patron’s daughter (their two children died in infancy). His wife died during the composition of Un giorno di regno (which was a total failure)...

Viardot, Pauline

Born on 18th July 1821, Pauline Viardot was the younger sister of Maria Malibran. Trained firstly by her father, and then by Liszt, Pauline made her operatic debut, like her sister, in her Majesty’s Theatre London at the age of 18, singing...

Wekerlin, Jean Baptiste

Born in Guebwiller in Alsace in 1821, Jean-Baptiste Wekerlin (or Weckerlin – both spellings are found, and are equally correct) ‘decamped’ from home at age twenty-one, found his way to Paris, and gained admission to the Conservatoire,...

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