Riccardo Drigo, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Riccardo Drigo


Date of Birth: 30-Jun-1846

Place of Birth: Padua, Veneto, Italy

Date of Death: 01-Oct-1930

Profession: composer, conductor, pianist, choreographer

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Riccardo Drigo

  • Riccardo Eugenio Drigo (ru.
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  • Drigo also served as Chef d'orchestre for Italian opera performances of the orchestra of the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre.
  • During his career in Saint Petersburg, Drigo conducted the premieres and regular performances of nearly every ballet and Italian opera performed on the Tsarist stage. Drigo is equally noted for his original full-length compositions for the ballet as well as his large catalog of supplemental music written ad hoc for insertion into already-existing works.
  • Drigo is also noted for his adaptations of already-existing scores, such as his 1895 edition of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's score for Swan Lake.
  • Many pieces set to the music of Drigo are still performed today, and are considered cornerstones of the classical ballet repertory.

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