Balbi, Melchiore, Italian theorist and composer; b. Venice, June 4, 1796; d. Padua, June 21, 1879. He was a pupil of Nini, Valeri, and Calegari in Padua. From 1818 to 1853 he was theater conductor in Padua, and from 1854 maestro di cappella at the Basilica San Antonio. He wrote three operas, all produced in Padua: La notte perigliosa (1820), L’abitator del bosco (1821), and L’alloggio militare (1825).
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