Bevignani, Enrico

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Bevignani, Enrico (b Naples, 1841; d Naples, 1903). It. conductor and composer. Spent much of his career in London. Répétiteur at Her Majesty's Th. 1863–9. Cond., CG 1869–87 and 1890–6, NY Met 1894–1900. Cond. first London perfs. of Aida (1876), La Gioconda (1883), L'Amico Fritz (1892), and Pagliacci (1893). Patti insisted on his conducting for her whenever possible, and he cond. her CG farewell in 1895. Cond. f. Bolshoy p. of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Moscow 1881. Wrote opera Caterina Blum (Naples, 1863).