Italian composer Umberto Giordano was born at Foggia on 28 August 1867. He studied with Paolo Serrao in Naples. He came to the notice of Casa Sonzogno when he gained sixth place in the Italian music publisher's competition for a one act opera.
His best known opera is Andrea Chénier of 1896, still performed widely. Later works such as La cena delle beffe (for which many musicologists and critics have some respect) are sometimes revived.
Giordano died in Milan on 12 November 1948. In Foggia, several statues represent his best known works, a square is named after him, and the city's most important theatre is dedicated to him.
A selection of M&V articles about Umberto Giordano
Ensemble. A Sumptuous Production - La Scala revives 'Andrea Chénier', reviewed via live HD projection by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Back in Rome - Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' returns to the Teatro dell'Opera after more than forty years, impressing Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Sex and Murder - Giordano's 'La cena delle beffe', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Visually Stunning - Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Musical Prowess - Robert Anderson's 'Opera Nights and Nightmares', read by Gerald Fenech
Ensemble. A Great Occasion - The Derby Roundhouse debut as a concert hall, described by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Superb from the word 'go' - Donizetti's last Tudor Queen returns to Rome, and Carmela Remigio enchants Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. A Successful Production - Sixty Leitmotives for 'Tosca', by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. White Hot Intensity - Renée Fleming and the Russian National Orchestra at the Festival of the Arts Boca 2010, reviewed by Lawrence Budmen
Ensemble. Ringing Intensity - 'Madama Butterfly' from San Diego Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin
DVD Spotlight. A Memorable Experience - 'Fedora', reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'Giordano's wishes were admirably followed ...'