Antonio Smareglia was born in Pola (in the Istrian peninsula, under the Austria-Hungarian Empire, currently in Croatia). In the house where he was born in Via Nettuno there is now a small museum of his life and work.
Smareglia married Maria Jetti Polla, and they had five children. He became blind at the age of 46. Since then he composed his music dictating to his sons, Ariberto and Mario, and to his students and friends including Primo dalla Zonca, Gastone Zuccoli, and Vito Levi.
Smareglia died in Grado in 1929.
- Caccia lontana (a one-act dramatic sketch, a student work, 1879)
- Preziosa (opera, 1879)
- Bianca da Cervia (opera, 1882)
- Re Nala (opera, 1887)
- Il vassallo di Szigeth (opera, 1889)
- Cornelio Schutt (revised as Pittori Fiamminghi, opera, 1893)
- Nozze istriane (opera, 1895)
- La falena (opera, 1897)
- Oceàna (opera, 1903)
- Abisso (opera, 1914)
- "Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-28355-12408-31?cc=2040054 : 16 July 2014), Roman Catholic (Rimokatolička crkva) > Pula > Births (Rođeni) 1815-1874 > image 26 of 672; Arhiva Hrvatske u Zagrebu (Croatia State Archives, Zagreb).
- Smareglia 1932, p. 10.
- Petronio, Paolo (2004), Le opere di Antonio Smareglia (in Italian), Trieste: Edizioni Italo Svevo.
- Smareglia, Ariberto (1932), Vita ed arte di Antonio Smareglia (in Italian), Lugano: Mazzucconi.
- Antonio Smareglia (1854–1929) at Sveučilišna knjižnica u Puli.
- Free scores by Antonio Smareglia at the International Music Score Library Project.
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