Benedict, Julius

PIANIST, CONDUCTOR, COMPOSER (GERMANY)
BORN 27 Nov 1804, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg - DIED 5 Jul 1885, London: 2 Manchester Square, Marylebone
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (065/PS (29757))

Julius Benedict was the son of a Jewish banker from Stuttgart. He studied composition under J.N. Hummel in Weimar and Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. Weber introduced him to Ludwig van Beethoven in Vienna on 5 October 1823. He became the musical director of the Kärtnertortheater in Vienna in the same year. In 1825 he was engaged as musical director at the San Carlo theatre in Naples. In that city his first opera "Giacinta ed Ernesto" was staged in 1827. In 1834 he went to Paris and after a suggestion by Maria Malibran he went to London in 1835.

In 1838 he was appointed conductor of the English Opera at the Theatre Royal. There the premiere of sevstal of his opera took place. In 1850 he accompanied Jenny Lind on her tour in the USA. Back in England he became the conductor of Her Majesty's Theatre in 1852. In 1860 his opera "The Lily of Killarney" was produced at Covent Garden. It was based on Din Boucicault's play "The Colleen Bawn". From 1845 to 1878 he was the conductor of the Norwich Festival. He was knighted in 1871. In 1885 he died in London.

Related persons
• knew Beethoven, Ludwig van
• was pupil to Hummel, Johann Nepomuk
• cooperated with Lind, Jenny
• cooperated with Mapleson, James Henry
• was pupil to Weber, Carl Maria von

Images

The grave of Julius Benedict at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (02 Aug 2019)

 

Sources
Find-A-Grave
Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
Julius Benedict - Wikipedia


Bengsch, Gerhard

Published: 08 Dec 2019
Last update: 08 Dec 2019