Alberto Randegger

Alberto Randegger

Alberto Randegger

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Alberto Randegger (13 April 1832 – 18 December 1911) was an Italian-born composer, conductor and singing teacher, best known for promoting opera and new works of British music in England during the Victorian era and for his widely-used textbook on singing technique.

Life and career

Randegger was born in Trieste, Italy, the son of musician mother and schoolteacher father. He met Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, in 1850, and later became known as a great interpreter of Verdi's operas."Alberto Randegger". The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular, Vol. 40, No. 680, 1 October 1899, pp. 653-58 He was a pupil of Jean Lafont in piano and of Luigi Ricci in composition.

Early career

His earliest compositions were masses and other pieces of church music and, with two other young pupils of Ricci, produced two ballets and an opera, Il Lazzarone, in 1852. In 1854 he composed another opera, Bianca Capello, at Brescia. During this period, he also served as music director of theatres in Fiume, Senigallia, Brescia and Venice.Grove, George, et al. "Alberto Randegger". Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Retrieved on 16 June 2008. (subscription required)

Randegger began work in London as an organist at St. Paul's in Regent's Park from his arrival there, in 1854, until 1879. Beginning in 1857, he conducted Italian opera at the St. James's Theatre. He also became well known as a teacher of singing in London,...
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