born on 24/11/1816 in Botta di Sedrina, Provincia di Bergamo, Italy
died on 18/10/1887 in Rieti, Lazio, Italy
Salvi was born in Botta di Sedrina (Provincia di Bergamo), Italy. A student of Gaetano Donizetti, he is best known for having completed the score of Donizettis unfinished opera Le duc dAlbe for its first public performance in 1882, some forty years after Donizettis death. (The libretto was translated into Italian, and the opera was performed as Il duca dAlba.) Salvi is usually credited as the composer of the tenor aria Angelo casto e bel in Il duca dAlba, although as he was helped in the reconstruction of Donizettis score by several composers, including Amilcare Ponchielli, there has been some dispute as to the degree to which he was the arias sole composer. He died in Rieti, Italy.
- La prima donna 1843—opera to a libretto by Carlo Guaita
- Lara 1843—opera to a libretto by Leopoldo Tarentini and dedicated to Johann Simon Mayr
- I Burgravi 1845—opera to a libretto by Giacomo Sacchèro
- Caterina Howard 1847—opera to a libretto by Giorgio Giachetti
- Messa: a voci sole con accompagnamento dorgano
- Cantata per soli e coro con orchestra: la gloria e la musica apoteosi di Mayr
Notes and references
- This date for Salvis death is given in Donati-Petteni, G., 1930 and Stieger, F., 1977. However, the date given in Altmann, W. and Frank, P., 1936 is 18 November 1887
- Ashbrook, W., 1998
- Altmann, W. and Frank, P., 1936, Kurzgefasstes Tonkunstler Lexikon: fur Musiker und Freunde der Musik, Regensburg: Gustave Bosse.
- Archivi Teatro Napoli (accessed 25 April 2007)
- Ashbrook, W., Donizetti Portraits, Opera Quarterly, 1998; 14: 205-208.
- Buldrini, Y., 2005, Dossier: Il Duca dAlba, Forum Opéra (accessed 25 April 2007)
- Donati-Petteni, G., 1930, Larte della musica in Bergamo, Bergamo: Instituto Italiano dArti Graphiche di Bergamo.
- Forcella, P., 1987. Matteo Salvi : musicista bergamasco sul palcoscenico dEuropa, Bergamo: Edizioni Villadiseriane.
- OPAC, Provincia di Bergamo (accessed 25 April 2007)
- Stieger, F., 1977, Opernlexikon, Teil II: Komponisten, Tutzing: Hans Schneider.