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Autographed hand tinted photograph of the Italian born British conductor, composer and singing teacher, December 28, 1905.

Randegger (1832-1911) was a seminal figure in the British music World during the 19th Century.  Born in Trieste, he studied piano with Arturo Tivoli and the organist Jean Lafont in Trieste.  He also studied composition there with Luigi Ricci the prolific opera composer.  In 1850, Randegger met Giuseppe Verdi who had come to Trieste to conduct “Stiffelio” and was his page turner during rehearsals.  A year later he composed two ballets which were performed at the Teatro Grande in Trieste.  Five Ricci pupils composed a buffo opera together entitled “La Lazzarone” which was a hit at the Teatro Mauroner.  From 1852-1854, Randegger became an opera conductor in provincial opera houses around Italy, (Fiume, Brescia, Zara, Venice and Sinigaglia).  He composed another opera “Bianco Capello”, as tragedy which was successful in Brescia and Trieste.  In 1854, he was hired by Max Strakosch to come to New York and conduct a season at the Academy of Music in New York City, but the cholera epidemic at the time kept him in Europe.  He left for England in 1855 armed with a letter from Ricci introducing him to Sir Michael Costa.  Costa gave him a copy of “The Messiah” which he was conducting at the time and Randegger was hooked on oratorio.  For the next year the conductor lived in London and immersed himself in the English language.  He made his British conducting debut in opera at the St. James Theatre in London and received excellent reviews.  Randegger set himself up as a singing teacher to make ends meet while he composed.  In 1861, he wrote a successful funeral anthem upon the death of Prince Albert which was performed by Erminia Rudersdorf an important singer of the period.  His first opera in English, “The Rival Beauties” premiered in Leeds in 1864 and was a huge success.  His next opera “Fridolin” premiered in Birmingham in 1873 and was perhaps his greatest success as a composer.  From 1868 he was appointed Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.  The conductor was made Music Director of the Carl Rosa Opera Company and toured with them from 1879-1885.  From 1887-1898 he was a regular conductor at Covent Garden and Drury Lane.  1895-1897 he was the Music Director of the Queen’s Hall Choral Society.  From 1881-1905 he conducted the Norwich Music Festival.  Randegger also composed two important oratorios, “Medea” given by Rudersdorf in Leipzig in 1869 and “Saffo” in London in 1876.  He also wrote both secular and liturgical songs and anthems.  At one time he owned 10 Mozart manuscripts!

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