Music teacher Gesualdo Lanza was born in 1779 in Naples. He was trained by his father Giuseppe, a composer who, from 1792 onwards, was private musician to John Hamilton, Marquess of Abercorn. Giuseppe returned to Naples in 1812. Gesualdo became known in London as a singing-master. At the same time he developed his ideas about the art of vocal training. In 1809 he published The Elements of Singing in the Italian and English Styles. Lanza published in London in 1817 an acclaimed work The Elements of Singing familiarly exemplified. A number of works would follow. In 1842 Lanza started singing classes at no. 75 Newman Street. Later the same year he announced a series of lectures entitled ‘The National School for Singing in Classes’. He died in London in March 1859.