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Francesco Cilea - Composer Information

Cilea was enrolled at the Conservatoire of San Pietro at Majella, Naples, at the age of only thirteen. He studied under Serrao and Platania and passed his diploma brilliantly in 1889.
His parting work on leaving the Conservatoire, Gina, attracted the attention of the Sonzogno music publishing house, which published all his subsequent works. After an experiment in “verismo” with the opera Tilda (1892), Cilea reached artistic maturity with L’Arlesiana (1897), the success of which coincided with that of the young Enrico Caruso, and Adriana Lecouvreur (1902), which was also premiered by the great tenor. His series of successes was completed with Gloria (1907), which was produced in 1907 at the Teatro alla Scala under the direction of Toscanini.
Cilea’s style is differentiated from that of the other composers of the “Giovane Scuola” by its almost Bellinian grace and by the elegant and delicate atmosphere which pervades his music.

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