- Andrea Lanza
(b Parma, May 15, 1841; d Turin, Feb 21, 1919). Italian conductor, teacher and composer. He studied at the music school in Parma with Giuseppe del Maino (violin), Griffini (singing) and Giovanni Rossi (composition). After graduating in 1859 he became leader and assistant conductor at Reggio nell'Emilia (1864–6) and at the Teatro della Concordia, Cremona, under Ponchielli (1866–7). He was director of the Civica Scuola di Musica in Savona (1867–73), and then became conductor at the Teatro Francesco Morlacchi in Perugia (1874–5). From 1876 he directed the Liceo Musicale and conducted the orchestra at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza. Recommended by Ricordi and Verdi, he became conductor at the Teatro Regio in Turin from 1884 to 1889, where he conducted Le Villi, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Verdi's Otello, among other operas; in 1885–6 he conducted the last symphonic concerts of the Concerti Popolari there. A strict and gifted teacher, he was, from ...