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Fausto Cleva


Fausto Cleva (1902-1971) studied music first in his home town of Trieste at the Trieste Conservatory and later at the Milan Conservatory. He made his professional conducting debut at the age of seventeen at the Teatro Carcano in Milan, conducting Verdi’s La Traviata. Almost immediately leaving for the United States, he was engaged by Giulio Gatti-Casazza to be the assistant chorusmaster for the 1920–1921 season of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the company with which he was to be so closely associated for the rest of his life. He gradually worked his way up the musical hierarchy of the Metropolitan Opera, first as chorusmaster, then as assistant conductor and finally as conductor in February, 1942 with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Although the critics gave him laudatory reviews, further opportunities seemed too doubtful to keep him in New York…(continue reading)…

CELEBRATED: Opera conductor
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ASSOCIATIONS: NY Metropolitan Opera
BORN: 20th Century
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