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Ghislanzoni, Antonio

Ghislanzoni, Antonio

Ghislanzoni, Antonio, Italian writer and dramatic poet; b. Barco, near Lecco, Nov. 25, 1824; d. Caprino-Bergamasco, July 16, 1893. He was intended for the church, but his fine baritone voice led him to adopt the career of a stage singer (Lodi, 1846), which he speedily abandoned, however, for literary work. He became the manager of Italia Musicale, and was for years the ed. of the Milan Gazzetta Musicale, to which he remained a faithful contributor until his death. He wrote over 80 opera librettos, that of Aida being the most famous. He publ. Reminiscenze artistiche (contains an episode entitled La casa di Verdi a Sant’ Agata).

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