Luigi Arditi

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Born: July 16, 1822; Crescentino, Piedmont   Died: May 1, 1903; Hove, England  
Luigi Arditi was an important composer and conductor from the latter half of the nineteenth century. As a composer, he was best known for his songs and Italian operas, while as a conductor he scored his greatest successes in England and the United States. He was a contemporary of Verdi, but cannot rank alongside that master. His operas, orchestral works, and songs are tuneful and well crafted, even if they are not always memorable.

Read more a very early age, Arditi exhibited a keen interest in music and at age seven, asked his parents for a violin. He quickly became proficient on the instrument, but also developed an interest in composition. He enrolled at the Milan Conservatory in his mid-teens and studied violin with Bernardo Ferrara and composition with Nicola Vaccai. Some of his earliest works date to his student years and include an overture for orchestra (1840) and his first opera, I Briganti (1841), which was premiered at the conservatory. In 1842, he began playing professionally as a violinist and occasionally conducted orchestras in Milan and the surrounding area. Arditi was not a virtuoso, but his performances were generally well received. For two years (1844 - 1846), he led the Teatro Ré orchestra in Milan at the invitation of Vaccai. In 1847, he toured with composer Giovanni Bottesini, who was an excellent double bass player. The two gave numerous concerts together -- Arditi as violinist and Bottesini as double bass player -- and developed a lifelong friendship. While in Havana with Bottesini, Arditi did some conducting at the Teatro Imperial. The two went on to concertize in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and in many other American cities in the period 1847 - 1849. After 1849, Arditi began to turn more to conducting, but also remained busy composing. He appeared in Canada and the U.S. from 1853 - 1856 leading various orchestras. His opera La spia was premiered in New York in 1856 with some success. In 1858, Arditi was appointed conductor at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. Two years later, he composed what is probably his most frequently performed song -- actually a vocal waltz -- Il Bacio, the one effort of his to appear on numerous recordings by some of the world's most famous singers. In the realm of composition, he now focused less on opera and more on small-scale orchestral works and songs. Arditi often toured with Her Majesty's Theatre over his 11-year tenure with the group and generally received high praise from both critics and public alike. He led Covent Garden for one season (1869 - 1870) and spent two separate seasons at the St. Petersburg Italian Opera in the early 1870s. He also conducted numerous times in Vienna and at Covent Garden during this period. In 1878, he began a relationship with Mapleson's Company, a then-prominent English operatic company. Arditi typically led performances when the company was on tour in the U.S. After departing Mapleson's in 1894, he toured with the Carl Rosa company for the 1894 - 1895 season and also freelanced throughout London. Read less
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    Opern Gala
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 739908 Release Date: 02/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Chiara Skerath,  Julia Novikova,  Robin Johannsen,  Ingeborg Gillebo  ... 
    Conductor:  Stefan Blunier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bonn Beethoven Orchestra,  Bonn State Theatre Choir
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    Karajan - The Opera Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002328102 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Lehár,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Zednik,  Christine Barbaux,  Katia Ricciarelli,  José van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Opera Chorus,  Schöneberg Boys Choir  ... 
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    Arabesque / Olga Peretyatko
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 373859 Release Date: 02/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Olga Peretyatko
    Conductor:  Enrique Mazzola
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Valentina Levko - Star Of The Bolshoi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9406 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Alessandro Stradella,  Andrea Falconieri  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Levko,  Mark Lubotsky,  Grigory Zinger,  Liya Mogilevskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Adolf Bruk,  Juozas Domarkas,  Alexander Lazarev,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Edison Legacy Vol. 2
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 53014 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Charles Gounod,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Adelina Agostinelli,  Carlo Albani,  Oreste Benedetti,  Celestina Boninsegna  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    J. Strauss, Jr.: Die Fledermaus / Karajan, Gueden, Kmentt, Resnik
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 2018 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Louis Ferrari,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Erika Köth,  Walter Berry,  Erich Kunz  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Joan Sutherland - La Stupenda!
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1155 Release Date: 08/16/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Ambroise Thomas,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Nello Santi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
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    Rita Streich Sings Waltzes & Arias
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802069 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Benjamin Godard  ... 
    Performer:  Rita Streich
    Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
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    50 Years
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 354 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Todor Popov,  Alexander Tanev,  Yuliyan Slabakov,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Venetsia Netsova,  Plamena Girginova,  Svetlina Stoyanova,  Maria Radoeva  ... 
    Conductor:  Hristo Nedyalkov
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    Amour, Amor, Amore
    Label: Elisabeth Turchi   Catalog: 5637784687 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Paisiello,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth [Soprano Vocal] Turchi,  Scott Beard
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    The Classic Sound - The Age of Bel Canto / Sutherland, Horne, Conrad, Bonynge
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448594 Release Date: 05/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Niccolň Piccinni,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Lampugnani,  Giovanni Bononcini  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Richard Conrad,  Ambrose Gauntlett,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    The Record of Singing - The Very Best of Vols 1-4
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28956 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Arthur Sullivan,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Anderson,  Kosti Vehanen,  Dame Clara Butt,  Richard Crooks  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich,  Clarence Raybould,  Georges Lauweryns,  Nat Finston  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Pasdeloup Concert Association Orchestra  ... 
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    Rosalia Chalia: Selected Recordings Of A Forgotten Soprano
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 51007 Release Date: 01/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Michael Balfe,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Rosalia Chalia,  Emilio de Gorgoza,  Jane Frankel,  Alberto De Bassini
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    Souvenirs / Anna Netrebko
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001221702 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Carlos Guastavino,  Luigi Arditi,  Jerónimo Giménez  ... 
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Piotr Beczala,  Anna Netrebko,  Andrew Swait
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Villaume
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Prague Philharmonia
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    Souvenirs / Anna Netrebko [Deluxe Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001223800 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luigi Arditi,  Jerónimo Giménez,  Carlos Guastavino,  Reynaldo Hahn  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Andrew Swait,  Elina Garanca,  Piotr Beczala
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Villaume,  Lukas Vasilek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Prague Philharmonic Choir
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    The World's Most Beautiful Melodies Vol 3 / Phillip Mccann
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4503 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Pietro Mascagni,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  Roy Newsome,  Simon Lindley
    Conductor:  Roy Newsome,  Douglas Blackledge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band
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    J Strauss, Jr: Waltz Songs / Eva Lind, Vienna Volksoper
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420246 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Luigi Arditi,  Josef Strauss
    Performer:  Eva Lind
    Conductor:  Franz Bauer-Theussl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
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    Back To The Bass - Rossini, Lehar, Bottesini, Et Al / Circus Bassissimus, Sabbatini
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28087 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Luigi Arditi,  Johann Schrammel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Berg,  Georg Straka,  Bartosz Sikorski,  Helmut Stockhammer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Circus Bassissimus
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    Erna Sack - Recordings 1933-1940
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10205 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Adolphe Adam,  Carl Zeller,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Erna Sack
    Conductor:  Schröder,,  Szernik,,  Arthur Rother,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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    Rita Streich Sings Immortal Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000818602 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Luigi Arditi,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Rita Streich
    Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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  • 21.
    Prima Voce - Lucrezia Bori In Opera & Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7932 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Joaquin Valverde,  Edwick Rumbold  ... 
    Performer:  Lucrezia Bori,  John McCormack,  Lawrence Tibbett,  George Copeland
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Rosario Bourdon,  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Frank Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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    Selma Kurz Vol 1 - Dinorah, Lakmé, Etc
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10133 Release Date: 04/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel-François Auber,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Léo Delibes,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Selma Kurz,  Vasa Prihoda
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    Bravura Diva / Jennifer Larmore
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 231 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giovanni Pacini,  Lauro Rossi,  Luigi Arditi  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Larmore,  Bruce Ford,  Majella Cullagh,  David Harper
    Conductor:  Giuliano Carella,  David Parry,  Antonello Allemandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Il Salotto Vol 5 - La Rimembranza / Larmore, Custer, Ford
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 223 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pompeo Belgiojoso,  Carlo Pedrotti,  Józef Poniatowski,  Vincenzo Gabussi  ... 
    Performer:  Manuela Custer,  David Harper,  Antonio Siragusa,  Bruce Ford  ... 
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    Light Classics - Salon Orchestra Favorites Vol 1 / Huber
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554756 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zdenék Fibich,  Isaac Albeniz,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Anton Rubinstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Georg Huber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salonorchester Schwanen
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