Gian Carlo Menotti, RIP
Gian Carlo Menotti, the greatest composer of American opera in the 20th century, has died.
born in Italy
age 17, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia
kept his Italian citizenship but referred to himself as an American composer
most of his 25 operas were written in English
The Medium (1946)
- had a run on Broadway
- 'The Sun Has Fallen'
The Consul (1950)
- won a Pulitzer Prize
- 'Mother's Aria'
Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951)
- Christmas opera for children
- written for NBC's Hallmark Hall of Fame
- highly popular on TV
- inspired by Bosch’s “The Adoration of the Magi” painting
- about the healing of Amahl who offers his crutches as a gift to the baby Jesus after the magi catch the crippled boy's mother trying to steal their gold
The Saint of Bleecker Street (1955)
- another Pulitzer
Help, Help, the Globolinks (1968)
The Last Savage (1963)
Martin’s Lie (1964)
The Most Important Man (1971)
The Egg (1976)
The Trial of the Gypsy (1978)
wrote the play “The Leper” (1970), asking for tolerance toward homosexuality
composer Samuel Barber was his lifelong partner
founded the Festival of Two Worlds in 1958 in Spoleto, Italy
- directed it for about 40 years
- 1977, helped establish Spoleto Festival USA, in Charleston, SC
on her albums, Laura Branigan credited Menotti as her vocal coach!
his influence on American popular culture has been that wide-ranging