Gian Carlo Menotti
July 7, 1911 – February 1, 2007
Composer of a traditionalist bent who aimed to create operas that would appeal to a wide audience
Gian Carlo Menotti was one of the most significant composers to come forward after the Second World War. A self- confessed and unrepentant traditionalist, he continued to write prolifically in his own vein, even after the fashion for his kind of music-drama had passed.
He achieved fame when his first full-length opera, The Consul, caught the imagination of the public after it was staged in New York in 1950. A newspaper article inspired the work.
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