Erede, Alberto, Italian conductor; b. Genoa, Nov. 8, 1908. After training in Genoa and at the Milan Cons., he studied conducting with Weingartner in Basel (1929–31) and Busch in Dresden (1930). In 1930 he made his debut at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome; then was on the staff of the Glyndebourne Festival (1934–39); he also conducted the Salzburg Opera Guild (1935–38). In 1937 he made his U.S. debut with the NBC Sym. Orch. in N.Y. After serving as chief conductor of the RAI Orch. in Turin (1945–46), he was music director of the New London Opera Co. (1946–48). On Nov. 11, 1950, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. conducting La Traviata, remaining on its roster until 1955; he conducted there again in 1974. He was Generalmusikdirektor of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Diisseldorf (1958–62). In 1968 he conducted Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival. He subsequently was active as a guest conductor in Europe, and in 1975 became artistic director of the Paganini Competition in Genoa.
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