Zaytz, Giovanni von



Composer; born at Fiume, Hungary, where his father, a native of Prague, was bandmaster of a regiment. He spent the years 1850 to 1856 at the Milan Conservatory, where he studied under Lauro Rossi. At the end of that time he became musicdirector of La Scala Theatre, Milan. After a short time spent at Fiume he went to Vienna in 1862. In 1870 he became chapelmaster of the theatre and teacher of singing in the Conservatory at Agram, Croatia. Zaytz has written much for the stage, no less than twenty works, and his Nicola Lubic Zrinjski, written in 1876, was the first Croatian opera. Besides his operettas he has composed masses, songs, choral and instrumental pieces.