Goldberg, Joseph Pasquale


Singing teacher: born at Vienna. Was a violin pupil of Mayseder, and of Seyfried in composition, appearing in public at twelve, when he played a concerto of his own. Later he traveled in Italy as a concert player, and in Paris met Meyerbeer and Rubini, who advised him to cultivate his voice. He studied under the latter and under Bordogni, and afterward under Lamperti, making a successful debut as a basso in 1843, at Genoa, in Donizeti's opera, La Regina di Golconda. After a few years of stage life he grew weary of it and retired to Paris, where he settled as a teacher of singing, appearing at times in concert, however, with much success. In 1861 he removed to London, where he became professor of music at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1871 he undertook a commission from Correnti, the Minister of Public Instruction, to investigate the conditions of instruction in the Italian Musical Conservatories and suggest improvements where needed, which he fully carried out. He wrote a few songs and a triumphal march for the entry of Victor Emanuel's troops into Rome.