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Niccola Spinelli

Born: August 18 1865
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Niccola Spinelli

Niccola Spinelli (born Turin, Italy 1865 – died Rome 18 October, 1909) was an Italian composer of operas. Born in Turin, the son of a jurist, he studied composition at the Naples Conservatory under Paolo Serrao. His opera Labilia won the second-place prize in an 1890 opera competition organized by Milanese music publisher Edoardo Sonzogno, and premiered in Rome on 9 May 1890; the first prize went to Pietro Mascagni for Cavalleria rusticana. His most well-known work is A Basso Porto (At the Lower Harbor), which premiered in Cologne on 18 April 1894 to great popular acclaim.