Enrico Bevignani

Italian conductor and composer (b. 29 September 1841 in Naples; d. 29 August 1903 in Vomero, near Naples), born Enrico Modesto Bevignani.

After studying for several years at the Naples Conservatory, where he took the highest honours, Bevignani moved to London in 1864. Here he entered into a long association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he was conductor for 25 years. From 1872 he was the concertmaster of the Italian and Russian Opera companies in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and also toured in New York during the last decade of the nineteenth century.

In 1881 he was the conductor of the first production of Tchaikovsky's Yevgeny Onegin at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Enrico Bevignani has survived, dating from 1881, and has been translated into English on this website: