Rodolfo Ferrari

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Rodolfo Ferrari (Staggia, near San Prospero, Modena, 1864 – Rome, January 10, 1919) was an Italian conductor.

Ferrari studied music initially with his father, an amateur musician, then continued under Alessandro Busi at the Conservatory (Liceo Musicale) in Bologna, graduating in composition in 1882.[1]

Ferrari appeared in the most important Italian and foreign theaters, conducting both operas and symphonic music, and was particularly attracted by the operas of Richard Wagner.[1]

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).[2]

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.[1]

Ferrari married the harpist Cleopatra Serato.[1] He was buried in the cemetery of the Certosa di Bologna.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d Rosa, Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani
  2. ^ "Premières conducted by Rodolfo Ferrari". amadeusonline (in Italian). Retrieved 2 January 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ "Tombe di musicisti celebri alla Certosa di Bologna". Luigi Verdi Home page (in Italian). Retrieved 2 January 2015. External link in |website= (help)