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Gatti-Casazza, Giulio

Gatti-Casazza, Giulio (b Udine, 1868; d Ferrara, 1940). It. impresario. Gave up career as naval engineer to succeed father as dir. of municipal th., Ferrara, 1893; dir. of La Scala 1898–1908, working with Toscanini and helping to popularize Wagner in It. trans. Dir. NY Met 1908–35, when he staged over 5,000 perfs. of 177 works. Took Toscanini to NY with him, thus inaugurating the cond.'s Amer. career. Encouraged Amer. composers to write operas and secured for the Met the f.ps. of Königskinder (1910) and La fanciulla del West (1910).

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Gatti-Casazza, Giulio

Giulio Gatti-Casazza (jōō´lyō gät´tē-käzät´sä), 1869–1940, Italian operatic manager. In 1893 he succeeded his father as director of the municipal theater at Ferrara. After directing (1898–1908) the La Scala Opera Company in Milan, he became (1908) director of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. In 1935 he retired to Italy. His first wife was the singer Frances Alda (1883–1952).

See his autobiography, Memories of the Opera (1941).

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