- Matteo Sansone
(b Parma, Jan 8, 1841; d Milan, July 8, 1910). Italian composer and conductor. He began piano lessons at the age of five and later moved to Borgo S Donnino (now Fidenza) to study harmony with Giovanni Rossi (ii). He completed his piano studies with Gustavo Romani in Pisa, where his family had settled, and studied harmony and counterpoint in Florence with Teodulo Mabellini. At the age of 19, Usiglio composed his first opera, La locandiera (from Goldoni’s comedy), which was favourably reviewed by F. D’Arcais on its début in Turin in 1861. After a second comic opera, L’eredità in Corsica (1864), there followed Usiglio’s most successful work, Le educande di Sorrento (1868), expressly written for the Teatro Alfieri in Florence. The opera had a wide circulation in Italy and was also performed in Malta, as La figlia del generale (Manoel, 1875), and in Berlin (Volksoper, ...