Benedict, Sir Julius (opera)
- Nigel Burton
(b Stuttgart, 27 Nov or Dec 24, 1804; d London, June 5, 1885). English composer and conductor of German birth . His date of birth is usually given as 27 November 1804, but William Barclay Squire claimed that it ‘is generally believed to have been on 24 Dec. of that year’. Benedict’s father, a Stuttgart banker, placed him under J. C. L. Abeille for musical instruction; at 15 he went to Weimar to study with Hummel, who introduced him to Beethoven. In February 1821 he became Weber’s first composition pupil at Dresden, and accompanied him to Vienna for the première of Euryanthe (25 October 1823). Weber introduced Benedict to the impresario Barbaia, who secured for him the post of conductor at the Kärntnertortheater from the summer of 1824. In 1825 he went with Barbaia to Naples, where he became conductor at the S Carlo and Fondo theatres. He composed three operas for Naples: the first, ...