Luigi Mancinelli

Born: Orvieto (Papal States), 3 Feb. 1848
Died: Rome (Italy), 2 Feb. 1921

Mancinelli was a cellist as well as a conductor. He conducted at Covent Garden, in Madrid, and in Buenos Aires, where he led the inaugural performance of the Teatro Colón. He made his Metropolitan Opera début in Faust, which re-opened the house on Nov. 27, 1893, after a fire which had closed the house the preceding season. During nine seasons as leading conductor, he led the first Met performances of Werther, Falstaff, Samson et Dalila, Le Cid, The Magic Flute, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, and Ernani, as well as his own opera, Ero e Leandro.

His popularity was rivaled only by that of Toscanini for many years, and had he not been much older, Mancinelli would have certainly been better recorded and better known today. He apparently wrote Ero e Leandro in forty days, during a tour of the United States.


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