Giordano, Umberto

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Giordano, Umberto Gender: M
born on 28 August 1867 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Foggia, Italy, 41n27, 15e34
Timezone LST m12e29 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Taeger
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 04°21' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 15°48 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 01°45'

Umberto Giordano


Italian composer, mainly of operas. He studied under Paolo Serrao at the Conservatoire of Naples. His first opera Marina, was written for the competition staged by the music publishers Casa Sonzogno for the best one-act opera, remembered today because it marked the beginning of Italian verismo; the winner was Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. Giordano, the youngest candidate, placed sixth among seventy-three with Marina, which generated enough interest for Sonzogno to commission an opera to be staged in the 1891–92 season.

The result was Mala Vita, a gritty verismo opera concerning a labourer who vows to reform a prostitute if he is cured of his tuberculosis. This caused something of a scandal when performed at the Teatro Argentina, Rome, in February 1892. It played successfully at Vienna, Prague and Berlin, and was re-written as Il Voto a few years later in an attempt to raise interest in the work again.

Giordano tried a more romantic approach with his next opera, Regina Diaz, to a libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci (1894), but this was also a failure, taken off the stage after just two performances.

Giordano then moved to Milan, and returned to verismo with his best-known work, Andrea Chénier (1896), based on the life of the French poet André Chénier. Fedora (1898), based on Victorien Sardou's play, featured a rising young tenor named Enrico Caruso; it was also a success, and is still performed today. He died in Milan on 12 November 1948 at the age of 81.

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Source Notes

Taeger IHL update 3, quotes Barbault 'Themese de musiciens', quotes BR.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (opera)