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Price: $250.00

VERY GOOD CONDITION

Rare autographed cabinet photograph of an 1882 Giovanni Boldoni painting of the conductor in action, dedicated to publisher Giulio Ricordi, Paris, March 26, 1885.

Emanuele Muzio (1821-1890) was from Verdi’s home town of Busetto.  Like Verdi, Antonio Barezzi took an interest in him and sponsored his musical career, first with Fernandino Provesi and then with Giuseppe Verdi, where he became his sole pupil and later, his assistant.  He also took piano lessons with Verdi’s first wife.  As Verdi’s assistant, he prepared the World Premiers of “Macbeth” and “I masnadieri”.  In 1851, he was hired as the Music Director of the Italian Opera in Brussels, leaving the Risorgimento and likely arrest behind. He also wrote 5 operas, but without much success, he abandoned composition in favor of a conducting career in 1858.  He left Brussels for Great Britain where he was a regular conductor at Her Majesties Theatre, also shortly thereafter the United States, where he conducted at the Academy of Music in New York, Philadelphia and also Boston.  While in New York, he auditioned Adelina Patti for her debut at the Academy of Music in New York City and also coached and conducted her first appearances in Opera as Lucia in Philadelphia and Amina in New York.  He also taught her sister Carlotta and the American soprano Clara Kellogg.  He married soprano Lucy Simons in 1863 and divorced her in Paris in 1873.  Muzio was appointed Music Director of the Theatre Italien in 1872 and remained there until the closure of the theatre in 1878.  He then accompanied Verdi on his tour of the “Requiem” through Europe and often substituted for the composer.  He retired as a vocal pedagogue in Paris.  Verdi was his executor.

The painting of Muzio was created by the artist Giovanni Boldoni in 1882.  Verdi was so pleased with the painting he sat for Boldoni as well.  After Muzio’s death, the painting hung at Verdi’s home in Sant Agata and today it resides at Casa Verdi in Milan.

 

EMANUELE MUZIO - CONDUCTOR
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