Visetti, Alberto Antonio

SINGER, VOCAL TEACHER (ITALY)
BORN 13 May 1846, Salona - DIED 9 Jul 1928, London
GRAVE LOCATION Woking, Surrey: Brookwood Cemetery (Plot 123)

Alberto Antonio Visetti was the son of an Italian landowner and en English mother. He studied at the conservatory of Milan, where Arrigo Bioto was a fellow student. In Milan he met Verdi. He worked as a conductor at Nice and then moved to Paris, where Daniel Auber introduced him at the court of Napoleon III. His opera "Les Trois mousquetaires" had a libretto by Dumas Père. It was produced in 1872 but nowadays it's lost.

In 1870 he moved to England where he became a professor at the Royal College of Music. For five years he was musical advisor to the famous singer Adelina Patti. When he married Mary Jane Sagar (born Diehl) he became stepfather to Radclyffe Hall, who later made herself a name as a novelist.

Visetti conducted affairs with many of his female students. Among his students were Agnes Nicholls (1877-1959, she seduced the young Radclyffe Hall), Louise Kirkby-Lunn (1873-1930) and Edmund Burke (1876-1970).

Related persons
• is stepfather/stepmother of Hall, Radclyffe
• was adviser of Patti, Adelina, Baroness Cederström
• knew Verdi, Giuseppe

Sources
• Clarke, John M., London's Necropolis, A Guide to Brookwood Cemetery, Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2004

Images

The grave of Alberto Visetti at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking.
Picture by Androom (25 Jun 2009)

 


Vivanti, Annie

Published: 12 Jul 2009
Last update: 22 Mar 2015