NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
(Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
Conducted by WARWICK BRAITHWAITE
LUIGI ARDITI was for many years a distinguished and popular figure in this country, and it would not be too much to say that the whole world of music held him in high esteem. He began life as a violinist, and before he was twenty made his debut as a composer with an Overture and an Opera. He was only twenty-nine when he became an operatic conductor, and within a few years was making a name for himself in that line in the United States as well as in Europe. After a short spell in Constantinople, he paid his first visit to London, and was for some years conductor at Her Majesty's Theatre. Germany, Russia, and Austria all learned to know him well, and he conducted at least one season at Madrid. But, in spite of other visits to the States and to many parts of Europe, it was in England that he spent most of his busy life, conducting many of the British operatic ventures at Covent Garden and other London theatres.
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