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ARDITI, LUIGI (1822-1903), Italian musical composer and
conductor, was born in Piedmont, and studied music at the
Conservatoire in Milan, starting professionally as a violinist,
and touring with Bottesini, the double-bass player, in the
United States in 1847. He began composing at an early age,
and in 1840 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
Il 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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