Nicolai, Otto (ôˈtō nēkōläˈē, nēˈkōlĪ) [key], 1810–49, German composer. His opera Il Templario (1840), after Scott's Ivanhoe, was successful, but his masterpiece was the comic opera The Merry Wives of Windsor (1849). He founded (1842) the Philharmonic Concerts, Vienna, for the purpose of presenting adequate performances of Beethoven's music.
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