Italian conductor and musicologist Alberto Zedda was born on 2 January 1928 in Milan, where he studied with Antonino Votto and Carlo Maria Giulini.
Following his Milan conducting debut (The Barber of Seville, 1956), he began conducting at most of Italy's opera houses and also began to conduct internationally.
For a while he was musical director of the Festival della Valle d'Itria and later of the Pesaro Festival.
As musicologist he revised various scores of Bellini, Donizetti, Handel, Rossini, Verdi and Vivaldi, and researched vocal ornamentation and aimed for an authentic performing style.
Zedda died in Pesaro on 6 March 2017, aged eighty-nine.
A selection of M&V articles about Alberto Zedda
DVD Spotlight. An Ancient Character - Rossini's 'Semiramide', reviewed by Howard Smith. '... traditional elements alongside innovative ones.'
Ensemble. Orchestral Nuances - Thanks to a sparkling 'Barber of Seville', Giuseppe Pennisi rediscovers the beauty of Rossini's orchestration