1808–1884
Michaele Andrea Agniello Costa

Introduction

Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 14, 1808, Na­ples, It­a­ly.

Died: 1884, Hove, East Sus­sex, Eng­land.

Buried: Ken­sal Green Ce­me­te­ry, Lon­don, Eng­land.

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Biography

Costa learned the ru­di­ments of mu­sic from his ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, Gi­a­como Trit­to.

He was placed at the Re­al Col­le­gio di Mu­si­ca in Na­ples, and af­ter a pub­lic ex­am re­ceived a schol­ar­ship from Fer­di­nand I, King of the Two Si­ci­lies.

He com­posed his first can­ta­ta at age 15, and went on to write sym­pho­nies, or­a­to­ri­os, op­er­as, and quar­tets. He event­u­al­ly moved to Lon­don, where he was knight­ed in 1869.

In 1871, he b­ecame di­rect­or of the mu­sic, com­pos­er, and con­duc­tor at Her Ma­jes­ty’s op­er­a.

Sources

Music