Catterino Cavos


Born in Venice in 1775, Cavos was a prolific composer of operas, ballets and orchestral works. He arrived in St. Petersburg in 1797 with the Italian  opera company, Astariti but soon found himself in the service of the Imperial Theatre. By 1803 he was conducting Russian and Italian opera at the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre. He built the theatre into a stronghold of Russian opera. He conducted the first performance of Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar in 1836, just twenty years after the first performance of his own opera based on the same story. Cavos spent forty years working in St. Petersburg and died there in 1840.












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