Among the world premières directed by Ferrari, those of L'amico Fritz (Rome, 1891) and Silvano (Milan, 1895) by Pietro Mascagni, Andrea Chénier (Milan, 1896) and Regina Diaz (Naples, 1894) by Umberto Giordano, La Tilda by Francesco Cilea (Florence, 1892), I Medici by Ruggero Leoncavallo (Milan, 1893), La colonia libera by Pietro Floridia (Rome, 1899), Ondina by Giovanni Bucceri (Naples, 1917) and Villa Clermont by Daniele Napoletano (Naples, 1918).
Ferrari was the conductor of the first Italian performances of Manon by Jules Massenet (Milan, 1894) and Parsifal (Bologna, 1914). During the season 1917-1918 he conducted saveral Italian operas at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
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