Alfredo Catalani

Alfredo Catalani

and features Catalani's most famous aria "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana". His other operas were less successful, partly hampered by inferior libretti.

Catalani was born in Lucca and trained at the Conservatory of Milan under Antonio Bazzini (1818–1897), who became the Conservatory's director and instructor to Puccini.

Despite the growing influence of the "verismo" style of opera during the 1880s Catalani chose to compose in a more traditional manner, and as a result his operas have largely lost their place in the modern repertoire, even compared to those of Massenet and Puccini, whose style his works most closely resemble.

The influence of Amilcare Ponchielli can also be recognised, and like Ponchielli, Catalani's reputation now rests almost entirely on one work: "La Wally" continues to enjoy occasional revivals in much the same way as Ponchielli's "La Gioconda".

In 1893, upon his premature death from tuberculosis in Milan, Catalani was interred in the Cimitero Monumentale, where Ponchielli and conductor Arturo Toscanini also lie. Toscanini was a strong advocate of Catalani's music and named his daughter Wally in recognition of the composer's most successful opera.


*"La falce" ("The Sickle"), Milan, 19 July 1875
*"Elda", Turin, 31 January 1880 (radically revised as "Loreley")
*"Dejanice", Milan, 17 March 1883
*"Edmea", Milan, 27 February 1886
*"Loreley", Turin, 16 February 1890
*"La Wally", Milan, 20 January 1892

ymphonic works

*"Sinfonia a piena orchestra" ("Symphony for Full Orchestra"), 1872
*"Il Mattino, sinfonia romantica" ("Morning," Romantic symphony), 1874
*"Ero e Leandro, poema sinfonico" ("Hera and Leander," Symphonic tone poem), Milan, 9 May 1885

External links

* [ Alfredo Catalani]
* [ Opera Italiana] Detailed biography.

Further reading

*(Alfred Catalani), 1992. "The Politics of Opera in Turn-Of-The-Century Italy: As Seen Through the Letters of Alfredo Catalani", Richard M. Berrong, translator. (Studies in the History and Interpretation of Music)

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