London: J. Mitchell, May 21st 1855. Oval image within decorative printed border with Costa's facsimile signature in decorative lozenge outside image at lower margin. 348 x 227 mm. + margins.
Minor soiling and wear to margins; creased at upper left corner with slight loss of paper; light staining to margins. Image in very good condition.
Not in Hall or Arrigoni and Bertarelli.
An Italian-born British conductor and composer, [Costa's] grand ballet Kenilworth was produced at the [King's] theatre in 1831 and in the following year he became director of music. At this time he probably introduced authoritative conducting with a baton and by 1833 he was both director and conductor of the Italian opera at the King’s Theatre... When he resigned from the theatre (now Her Majesty’s) in 1846, Costa took 53 of its 80-member orchestra with him and founded the Royal Italian Opera in the following year at the newly renovated Covent Garden Theatre." Nigel Burton and Keith Horner in Grove Music Online. Item #21349
Price: $150.00 other currencies