Luigi Mancinelli

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

Luigi Mancinelli in midlifeMancinelli 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 arrived late on the disc recording scene, Mancinelli would have certainly been better known today. The only recordings made of him conducting are those made from the flies of the Metropolitan Opera house by Lionel Mapleson in 1901-02.

He apparently wrote Ero e Leandro in forty days, during a tour of the United States.


Selected Other Works

contributed by John Mucci

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