Fernando Previtali

Biography

Born: February 16, 1907; Adria, Italy   Died: August 1, 1985; Rome, Italy  
Though he was a composer of some distinction, Fernando Previtali is best remembered as a brilliant conductor of the classic Italian operas, especially those of Verdi, and for his advocacy of contemporary orchestral music, particularly of works by Busoni, Ghedini, and Dallapiccola. But Previtali's tastes extended into the realm of mainstream instrumental music as well, taking in a vast range of works by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Read more many others. His own musical compositions are virtually forgotten today, though some had attracted attention in their day, including the 1945 ballet Allucinazioni. Though Previtali has been dead for more than two decades, many of his recordings are still widely available on a range of labels, including RCA, Gala, Opera d'Oro, Fonit, and Urania.

Previtali was born in Adria, Italy, on February 16, 1907. At the Turin Conservatory he studied organ, cello (under Pietro Grossi) and composition (under Franco Alfano). He launched his career as a cellist, playing in the Turin-based Teatro Regio Orchestra.

In 1928 he relocated to Florence where he worked with conductor Vittorio Gui and became instrumental in the founding of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra. He was appointed deputy conductor of that ensemble and served in that capacity until 1936, the year he became resident conductor of the Rome Radio Symphony Orchestra. But for a year-long hiatus in 1944, he held the post at the RRSO until 1953. During his Rome years, Previtali premiered several important operas, including the 1939 Re Hassan by Ghedini and Dallapiccola's one-act masterpiece Volo di notte, from 1940.

Previtali accepted the appointment as conductor at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in 1953 and held the post seven years. During his tenure there, he made many successful European and American tours with the ensemble. From 1960-1967 he was principal conductor of the Buenos Aires Teatro Colon Orchestra.

Previtali served as principal conductor at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples starting in 1972. Throughout much of his career he held master classes in conducting, particularly at the Academy of Santa Cecilia and at La Scala. Most of his available recordings were made in the latter half of his career and include Verdi's Luisa Miller (with Carreras and Ricciarelli) on Opera d'Oro, Verdi's Il Trovatore (from 1957, with del Monaco and Gencer) on a Hardy Classics DVD, and the Mozart Piano Concertos No. 17 and No. 23, with Robert Casadesus on Archipel. Read less

Biography

Born: February 16, 1907; Adria, Italy   Died: August 1, 1985; Rome, Italy  
Though he was a composer of some distinction, Fernando Previtali is best remembered as a brilliant conductor of the classic Italian operas, especially those of Verdi, and for his advocacy of contemporary orchestral music, particularly of works by Busoni, Ghedini, and Dallapiccola. But Previtali's tastes extended into the realm of mainstream instrumental music as well, taking in a vast range of works by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Act I: Overture
Act I: Buona notte, mia figlia (Marchese, Leonora)
Act I: Temea restasse qui fino a domani! (Curra, Leonora)
Act I: Me, pellegrina ed orfana (Leonora)
Act I: M'aiuti, Signorina, piu presto andrem (Curra, Leonora, Alvaro)
Act I: Ah, per sempre, o mio bell'angiol (Alvaro, Leonora)
Act I: Gonfio di gioia hai il core ... e lagrimi! ... (Alvaro, Leonora, Curra)
Act I: Vil seduttor! Infame figlia! (Marchese, Leonora, Alvaro)
Act II: Hola, hola, hola! Ben giungi, o mulattier (Chorus, Alcade, Carlo, Leonora, Trabuco, Preziosilla)
Act II: Al suon del tamburo (Preziosilla, Chorus, Carlo)
Act II: Padre Eterno Signor (Chorus, Alcade, Leonora)
Act II: Viva la buona compagnia! (Carlo, Chorus, Trabuco, Alcade)
Act II: Son Pereda, son ricco d'onore (Carlo, Chorus, Alcade, Preziosilla)
Act II: Sono giunta! ... Grazie, o Dio! (Leonora)
Act II: Chi siete (Melitone, Leonora)
Act II: Chi mi cerca (Guardiano, Leonora, Melitone)
Act II: Or siam soli ... (Guardiano, Leonora)
Act II: Se voi scacciate (Leonora, Guardiano)
Act II: E' fermo il voto? (Guardiano, Leonora)
Act II: Sull'alba il piede all' eremo (Guardiano, Leonora)
Act II: Introduction - Scene 10
Act II: Il santo nome di Dio Signore (Guardiano, Chorus)
Act II: La Vergine degli Angeli (Chorus, Leonora, Guardiano)
Act III: Attenti al gioco (Chorus)
Act III: La vita e inferno all'infelice (Alvaro)
Act III: O tu che in seno agli angeli (Alvaro)
Act III: Al tradimento! (Carlo, Alvaro, Chorus)
Act III: Piano ... qui posi ... (Carlo, Chirurgo, Alvaro)
Act III: Solenne in quest'ora (Alvaro, Carlo)
Act III: Morir! Tremenda cosa! (Carlo)
Act III: Urna fatale del mio destino (Carlo)
Act III: E s'altra prova rivenir potessi (Carlo, Chirurgo)
Act III: E' salvo! oh gioia immensa (Carlo)
Act III: Lorche pifferi e tamburi (Chorus, Preziosilla, Trabuco)
Act III: Toh! Toh! Poffare il mondo! (Melitone, Chorus, Preziosilla)
Act III: Rataplan, rataplan, della Gloria (Preziosilla, Chorus)
Act IV: Fate, la carita (Chorus, Melitone, Guardiano)
Act IV: Auf! ... Pazienza non v'ha che basti! (Melitone, Guardiano)
Act IV: Giunge qualcuno, aprite (Guardiano, Carlo, Melitone)
Act IV: Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo (Carlo, Alvaro)
Act IV: Le minaccie, i fieri accenti (Alvaro, Carlo)
Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio! (Leonora)
Act IV: Io muoio! Confessione! (Carlo, Alvaro, Leonora)
Act IV: Non imprecare; umiliati (Guardiano, Leonora, Alvaro)
Act IV: Lieta poss'io precederti (Leonora, Alvaro, Guardiano)
Act I: Prelude
Act I: Dell'invito trascora è già l'ora
Act I: Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Brindisi)
Act I: Che è ciò?
Act I: Un dì felice eterea
Act I: Ebben? Che diavol fate?
Act I: Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora
Act I: E strano, è strano!; Ah, fors è lui
Act I: Follie! Follie! Delirio vano
Act I: Sempre libera
Act II: Scene 1: Lunge da lei; De' miei bollenti spiriti
Act II: Scene 1: Annina, donde vieni?
Act II: Scene 1: Alfredo? - Per Parigi or or partiva
Act II: Scene 1: Pura siccome un angelo
Act II: Scene 1: Non sapete quale affetto
Act II: Scene 1: Ah, dite alla giovine
Act II: Scene 1: Morrò! Morrò!
Act II: Scene 1: Dammi tu forza, o cielo!
Act II: Scene 1: Ah, vive sol quel core all' amor mio
Act II: Scene 1: Di Provenza il mar
Act II: Scene 1: Nè rispondi
La Traviata: Act II: Scene 2: Avrem lieta di maschere la notte
Act II: Scene 2: Noi siamo zingarelle
Act II: Scene 2: Di Madride noi siam mattadori
Act II: Scene 2: Alfredo! Voi?
Act II: Scene 2: Invitato a qui seguirmi
Act II: Scene 2: Ogni suo aver tal femmina
Act II: Scene 2: Di sprezzo degno sè stesso rende
Act III: Prelude
Act III: Annina? - Comandate?
Act III: Teneste la promessa
Act III: Addio del passato
Act III: Largo al quadrupede
Act III: Signora - Che t'accade?
Act III: Parigi, o cara
Act III: Ah, non più
Act III: Ah, gran Dio, morir sì giovine
Act III: Ah, Violetta! - Voi, signor!
Act III: Prendi, quest' è l'immagine
Act III: E strano


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