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Fausto Cleva, Italian conductor. Decorated commendatore Stella Della Republica Ialiana, 1958; gran officiale della Republica Italiana; Golden Cross of Greece; honored for 50 years of association with Metropolitan Opera by board directors.

Background

Cleva, Fausto was born on May 17, 1902 in Trieste, Italy. Son of Giacomo and Fortunata (Canarutto) Cleva.

Education

Student Trieste Conservatory Music, Conservatorio Verdi of Milan. D. Music, College Music Cincinnati, 1949.

Career

Came to the United States, 1920, naturalized, 1931. Assistant conductor, conductor principal theatres, Italy, 1916-1920. Assistant conductor, chorus master, later conductor Metropolitan Opera Company, 1920-1942.

Conductor, musical director Cincinnati Summer Opera, 1934-1971. General manager Chicago Civic Opera, 1944-1946. Conductor San Francisco Opera Company, 1942-1944, 49-55, Metropolitan Opera Company, 1950-1971.

Symphony guest conductor various seasons United States, Canada, S.A., Italy, Sweden, Havana, Empire Festival Ellenville New York, Edinburgh Festival, 1959, Greek Attica theater, 1971.

Connections

Married Irene Ghedini, June 20, 1931. Children: Maria, Wally.

father:
Giacomo Cleva

mother:
Fortunata (Canarutto) Cleva

spouse:
Irene Ghedini

children:
Maria Cleva

Wally Cleva