Lattuada was born at Caselle di Morimondo, near Milan. In his early adulthood he worked as a school teacher and was a self-taught amateur composer. That changed when he entered the Milan Conservatory in 1907. He studied composition there under V. Ferroni for five years, graduating in 1912. Among his works are several orchestral and chamber music pieces written in a strongly lyrical and expressive character derived from the late-Romantic tradition. He also wrote several works for the stage including Don Giovanni, which won the Concorso Nazionale della Pubblica Istruzione in 1928. Lattuada was director of the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan from 1935 to 1962. His son Alberto Lattuada (1914−2005) was a well-known film director, and the two collaborated on several projects during the 1940s. Lattuada's film scores were often more traditional in nature as opposed to his son's more innovative approach to film direction.
He died in Milan in 1962.
- Raffaele Pozzi. The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie (1992), ISBN 0-333-73432-7 and ISBN 1-56159-228-5
- Felice Lattuada at the Internet Movie Database
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