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LUIGI ARDITI (1822-1903)

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 451 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LUIGI ARDITI (1822-1903), Italian musical composer and conductor, was born in Piedmont, and studied music at the Conservatoire in Tlilan, starting professionally as a violinist, and touring with Bottesini, the double-bass player, in the United States in 1849. He began composing at an early age, and in 184o produced an overture, followed by an opera I Briganti in 1841, and other works. He paid frequent visits to America, conducting the opera in New York, where he produced his La Spia in 1856. In 1858 he became conductor of the opera at Her Majesty's theatre in London, and both in London and abroad he became famous in this capacity, having the reputation of being Madame Patti's favourite conductor. His vocal waltz II Bacio was often sung by her. In 1896 he published his Reminiscences, and after a long and active musical life he died at Brighton on the 1st of May 1903.
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