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date: 19 November 2019

Berio, Luciano (opera)locked

  • David Osmond-Smith

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(b Oneglia, Imperia, Oct 24, 1925; d Rome, May 27, 2003). Italian composer . He grew up among professional musicians: both his father and grandfather were church organists and composers. As a consequence, his musical training was early and thorough. Singing was all around him as a child, since his father gave lessons. He compounded this immediate, practical relationship with the voice during his studies (1945–51) at the Milan Conservatory, where he supported himself by working as an accompanist, and later as a conductor in provincial opera houses. One of the young singers with whom he worked in 1950 was Cathy Berberian, whom he married later that year.

Although he had originally aspired to be a pianist, Berio’s years of study at the conservatory, and particularly with Ghedini, had reorientated him definitively towards composition. After a brief study trip to America, he joined the staff of the RAI in ...

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