7 March 2017
Conductor Alberto Zedda, 89, Leading Authority on Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera, has Died
Maestro Alberto Zedda
Photo: Rossini Opera Festival
MILAN, JANUARY 2, 1928—PESARO, MARCH 6, 2017
A leading authority on nineteenth-century Italian opera, the conductor and musicologist studied with Antonino Votto and Carlo Maria Giuliani. He made his debut in 1956, leading Il Barbiere di Siviglia, beginning a professional association with the operas of Rossini that lasted for the rest of his life. In 1957, Zedda won the RAI International Conductors Competition, which earned him the recognition that began his international career. Zedda conducted at all the important houses in Europe, as well as Los Angeles Opera; New York City Opera, where he made his 1968 debut leading Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci; and San Francisco Opera, where he bowed with Barbiere in 1987. Zedda served as music director of the Festival della Valle D'Itria of Martina Franca and was for many years the director of the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Zedda, who was a committee member of the Rossini Foundation in Pesaro, recorded several Rossini operas for Naxos, including Tancredi, L'Italiana in Algeri, La Cenerentola and La Donna del Lago. He also worked with scholar Philip Gossett on a complete critical edition of Rossini's operas. Zedda’s edition of Barbiere was used at the Met for the company’s 1982 John Cox staging of Rossini’s comedy, conducted by James Levine.
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