Personalities | Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari | Turn of the Century | Opera
Born as Ermanno Wolf, Wolf-Ferrari added his mother’s maiden name to his own when he was 19. He showed ability as both an artist and a musician and initially studied at the Accademia dei Belle Arti in Rome. By the late 1890s, however, he had become a student of Arrigo Boito in Milan and unsuccessfully tried to encourage Giulio Ricordi to publish his scores. He was an unsettled person, moving around a great deal and seemingly unable to settle into a personal style of composition. His operas are variously comic, serious and veristic; none have been consistently taken into the repertoire.
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