Nicolai, (Carl) Otto (opera) (Ehrenfried)
- Clive Brown
(b Königsberg [now Kaliningrad], June 9, 1810; d Berlin, May 11, 1849). German composer. As a boy he was subjected to oppressive discipline from his widowed father, a professional musician, who tried to turn him into a child prodigy. At the age of 16 he ran away from home. In Stargard (Pomerania), August Adler, a government official, impressed by the young man’s abilities, took him under his wing and furthered his education, sending him to Berlin to study with Carl Friedrich Zelter and Bernhard Klein. Between ...