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1854-1911 - Nottingham Place (Marylebone)

Tags: Academies, Music, Italy, place: Trieste

Composer and conductor Alberto Randegger was born in Trieste on 13 April 1832. The family name was derived from Randegg, near Schaffhausen. His earliest compositions were masses and other pieces of church music. He began work in London as an organist at St Paul’s in 1854. Beginning in 1857, he took charge of the Italian opera at the St James’s Theatre. He was a respected teacher of singing, both privately and at the Royal College of Music. In 1868, he was appointed Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music. He continued teaching at both the College and the Academy until his death and shaped the career of a number of notable performers. Active as a composer in various genres, he also edited a number of collections of vocal music. Randegger served as musical director of the influential Carl Rosa Opera Company from 1879 to 1885, helping to revive interest in opera in England. From 1887 to 1898, he conducted at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and at the Royal Opera House, where he became known for his performances of Wagner, Verdi, and Mozart operas. His textbook Singing, published in 1880 by Novello & Company, was widely sold (and is still used). Randegger died at his home at no. 5 Nottingham Place, Westminster, in December 1911.

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