Valentino, Henri Justin Armand

1787-1865

 

Eminent French conductor; born at Lille, of Italian extraction. Destined for the army, his inclination for music was so great that he was allowed to devote himself to it. At the early age of twelve he played the violin in a theatre, and two years later substituted for the conductor. He went to Paris and in 1818, through the influence of Persuis, he was made assistant conductor at the Opera under Kreutzer. This conductor resigned in 1824 and Valentino, jointly with Habeneck, was made his successor. From 1831 to 1836 he was conductor of the Opera Comique, where he produced many brilliant works. He resigned and the next year established the Concerts Valentino with which he hoped to educate the public by high-class instrumental music. But they "were not supported ana he was obliged to discontinue them in 1841. He retired at this time to Versailles, where he lived quietly until his death.