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1858-1903 - Bow Street (Covent Garden)

Tags: Music. Italy, place: Crescentino

Conductor and composer Luigi Arditi was born on 16 July 1822 in Crescentino, Piedmont. He studied the violin with Alessandro Rolla in Milan. He started his career as a conductor at Vercelli and Milan, before moving to Havana in 1846 to conduct at the Teatro Imperiale and the Teatro Tacón, where he produced his one-act opera Il corsaro (1847). In 1855, he settled in London as conductor at Her Majesty’s Theatre. In 1869, he succeeded Michael Costa at the Royal Italian Opera, Bow Street, in Covent Garden. Arditi conducted twenty-three British premières of operas by various composers. He revived Cherubini’s Médée (1865) and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (1866). Arditi’s compositions include vocal waltzes, a genre he virtually invented. Among these songs is the once popular Il bacio’ (1860). Set to the text of a poem by Gottardo Aldighieri, it was frequently sung by the highly rated soprano Adeline Patti (Verdi was one of her admirers). None of his other music has remained in the repertory. He died in May 1903.

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