Montemezzi, Italo (b Vigasio, 1875; d Vigasio, 1952). It. composer. Intended for engineering career, but in Milan decided to become musician and at 3rd attempt was admitted to Milan Cons. His diploma work, Cantico dei cantici (1900) was cond. by Toscanini. His first opera was prod. Turin 1905, but he achieved fame in 1913 with L'amore dei tre re, a work in verismo style but influenced by Debussy also. Lived in USA 1939–49. Prin. works:OPERAS: Giovanni Gallurese (Turin 1905); Hellera (Turin 1909); L'amore dei tre re (Milan 1913); La nave (Milan 1918); La notte di Zoraima (Milan 1931); L'incantesimo (NY radio 1943, Verona 1952).ORCH.: sym.-poems: Paolo e Virginia (1929); Italia mia! (1944).
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