Liverati, Giovanni

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Liverati, Giovanni

Liverati, Giovanni, Italian tenor, conductor, teacher, and composer; b. Bologna, March 27, 1772; d. Florence, Feb. 18,1846. He studied voice with Giuseppe and Ferdinando Tibaldi in Bologna, then voice with Lorenzo Gibelli and composition with Stanislao Mattei there (1786-90). He was made first tenor of the Italian theaters in Barcelona and Madrid (1792), and then Kapellmeister of the Italian Opera in Potsdam (1796) and the Prague National Theater (1799). After teaching voice in Vienna (1805-11), he was music director and composer of the King’s Theatre in London (1815-17); later taught at the Royal Academy of Music there. He returned to Italy about 1835, becoming a prof. at Florence’s Accademia di Belle Arti.


dramatic: Opera: II divertimento in campagna (Bologna, 1790); Enea in Cartagine (Potsdam?, 1796); La prova generale al teatro (Vienna?, 1799); II convito degli dei (Vienna, c. 1800); La presa d’Egea (Vienna, 1809); II tempio d’eternità (Vienna, 1810); David, oder Goliaths Tod (Vienna, 1813); I Selvaggi (London, 1815); Gli amanti fanatica (London, 1816); Gastone e Bajardo (London, 1820); The Nymph of the Grotto (London, 1829); Amore e Psiche (London, 1831). other: Sacred and secular vocal music.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire