Respighi, Elsa

BORN 24 Mar 1894, Roma, Lazio - DIED 17 Mar 1996, Roma, Lazio
BIRTH NAME Olivieri Sangiacomo, Elsa
GRAVE LOCATION Bologna, Emilia-Romagna: Cimitero monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Via della Certosa 18 (Campo Carducci, Lato destro C1)

Elsa Respighi was born as Olivieri-Sangiacomo. Her father Arturo Olivieri Sangiacomo was an officer in the Piedmontese army. In 1903 the family moved to Rome where she studied the piano under Clotilde Poce and from 1907 she studied at the National Institute of Music where she impressed Pietro Mascagni. Apart from the piano, she studied composition and singing as well. Later teachers were Giovanni Sgambati and Ottorini Respighi. She married Respighi in 1919.

Together they undertook successful concert tours. Elsa created a ballet out of Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances" and after his death in 1936 she finished his last opera "Lucrezia". She also took up composing, which she hadn't done since 1919. In 1954 she published a biography on her late husband. A novel and a book of short stories followed. She survived her husband for sixty years and died in 1996 in Rome, a week before her 102th birthday.

• Husband: Respighi, Ottorino (1919-1936)


The grave of Ottorino Respighi and Else Olivieri-Sangiacomo at the Cimitero monumentale della Certosa, Bologna.
Picture by Androom (10 Feb 2017)


Elsa Respighi - Wikipedia

Respighi, Ottorino

Published: 17 Apr 2022
Last update: 25 Apr 2022