Alberto Zedda, Italian conductor and musicologist, Died at 89


Alberto Zedda was born on January 2, 1928 and died on March 6, 2017.

He was an Italian conductor and musicologist.

Zedda specialised in the 19th-century Italian repertoire.

He studied in his native Milan with Antonino Votto and Carlo Maria Giulini, and made his debut there as conductor in 1956, with The Barber of Seville.

Alberto Zedda was quickly invited to conduct at most of the opera houses of Italy and began an international career, appearing in Bordeaux, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, London, New York, etc.

Zebba was for a time musical director of the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca and later of the Pesaro Festival.

Whilst a musicologist, Alberto Zedda was responsible for the revision of numerous works by Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Giuseppe Verdi, and most notably Gioachino Rossini.

Philip Gossett and Alberto Zedda was responsible for the complete critical edition of the operas by Rossini and was a committee member of the Rossini Foundation in Pesaro, Italy.

Zebba was also renowned for his research on vocal ornamentation and his aim at authentic performing style.

Alberto Zedda passed away at 89 years old.