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date: 14 November 2019

Randegger, Albertolocked

  • George Grove
  • , revised by John Warrack
  •  and Rosemary Williamson

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(b Trieste, April 13, 1832; d London, Dec 18, 1911). English conductor, teacher and composer of German and Italian descent. He studied the piano with Jean Lafont and composition with Luigi Ricci. His first works were masses and other pieces of church music, together with two operas, one a pasticcio Il lazzarone (1852, Trieste, in collaboration with three more of Ricci’s pupils), the other a tragedy Bianca Capello (1854, Brescia). He was also musical director of theatres in Fiume, Senigallia, Brescia and Venice (1852–4). In 1854 he moved to London, where he took composition lessons from Molique and became widely known as a singing teacher, conductor and composer. His comic opera The Rival Beauties was produced in Leeds in 1864. In 1868 he became professor of singing at the RAM, of which he was appointed a director and a member of the committee of management; he also became professor of singing at the RCM, holding both posts until his death. As an opera conductor he directed an Italian season at St James’s Theatre (...

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