born on 25/7/1909 in Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy
died on 5/2/1996 in Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy
Gianandrea Gavazzeni (25 July 19095 February 1996) was an Italian pianist, conductor (especially of opera), composer and musicologist.
Gavazzeni was born in Bergamo. For almost 50 years, starting from 1948, he was principal conductor at La Scala, Milan, in 1966-68 being its music and artistic director.
His compositions include: concertos such as 'Concerto bergamasco'; 'The Song of St Alexander'; and sonatas.
His last wife was the soprano Denia Mazzola-Gavazzeni. In January 1993, at age 83, he conducted Jules Massenet's Esclarmonde at Teatro Massimo di Palermo, with his wife singing the title role. It was the first time he had conducted this opera.
Gianandrea Gavazzeni died on 5 February 1996.
- MetOpera database
- Denia Mazzola Website
- Remembering G. Gavazzeni: Interview with Denia Mazzola by Stephen Hastings (in Italian), Musica, 04/01
- Biography of Gianandrea Gavazzeni
- New York Times, Gavazzeni's death announcement