Gian Carlo Menotti
Composer

Biography
Gian Carlo Menotti was born on 7 July 1911, in Cadegliano, Italy. At the age of 7, under the guidance of his mother, he began to compose songs, and four years later he wrote the words and music of his first opera, The Death of Pierrot. In 1923 he began his formal musical training at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Following the death of his father, his mother took him to the United States, where he was enrolled at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. There he completed his musical studies, working in composition under Rosario Scalero.

His first mature work, the one-act opera buffa, Amelia Goes to the Ball, was premiered in 1937, a success that led to a commission from the National Broadcasting Company to write an opera especially for radio, The Old Maid and the Thief, the first such commission ever given. His first ballet, Sebastian, followed in 1944, and for this he wrote the scenario as well as the score. After the premiere of his Piano Concerto in 1945, Menotti returned to opera with The Medium, shortly joined by The Telephone, both enjoying international success.

The Consul, Menotti's first full-length work, won the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle award as the best musical play of the year in 1954. By far Menotti's best-known work is the Christmas classic Amahl and the Night Visitors, composed for NBC-TV in 1951. This beloved opera celebrated the 50th anniversary of its premiere in 2001, and continues to receive hundreds of performances annually.

Menotti writes the text to all his operas, the original language being English in every case, with the exception of Amelia Goes to the Ball, The Island God, and The Last Savage, which were first set to Italian words. Recent operas include The Singing Child (1993) and Goya (1986), written for Plácido Domingo and given its premiere by The Washington Opera. In the summer of 2004 Domingo reprised the role at Vienna's Theater an der Wien. Menotti's most recent vocal works are Jacob's Prayer (1997), a commission from the American Choral Directors Association, Gloria, written as part of a composite Mass celebrating the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize, For the Death of Orpheus, with a premiere by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra led by Robert Shaw in November 1990, and Llama de Amor Viva, premiered in April 1991. A trio for the Verdehr Trio received its world premiere at the Spoleto Festival on Menotti's 85th birthday in July 1996.

In addition to the numerous operatic works, Menotti has enriched the artistic world with ballets, including Errand into the Maze (in the 2005 repertory of the Martha Graham Dance Company), and The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore; Pastorale for Piano and Strings (1934); Poemetti, a suite of piano pieces for children (1937); The Hero (1952), a song on a text by Robert Horan; and Canti della Lontananza, a cycle of seven songs (1967). He also wrote the libretti to Samuel Barber's operas Vanessa and A Hand of Bridge.

1958 saw the opening of Menotti's own festival, the Festival of Two Worlds, in Spoleto, Italy. Devoted to the cultural collaboration of Europe and America in a program embracing all the arts, the Spoleto Festival has gone on to be one of the most popular festivals in Europe. The festival literally became "of two worlds" in 1977 with the founding of Spoleto USA in Charleston, South Carolina, which he led until 1993 when he became Director of the Rome Opera. Well into his 90s he continued to direct opera at Spoleto and elsewhere. His 1996 Spoleto production of Amahl was filmed for commercial release. During the 2005-06 season The Consul will be produced at Teatro Regio in Italy; performances in the 2004-05 season included productions at the Arizona Opera and in Zurich, Switzerland.

In 1984 Menotti was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement in the arts. He was chosen the 1991 "Musician of the Year" by Musical America, inaugurating worldwide tributes to the composer in honor of his 80th birthday. His music has been published by G. Schirmer since 1946.

OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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The Next Stage1998


Productions
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Portland OperaThe Telephone2/7/2020 - 2/15/2020
Nashville OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/13/2019 - 12/15/2019
Painted Sky OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/13/2019 - 12/14/2019
Opera on the JamesAmahl and the Night Visitors12/8/2019 - 12/8/2019
Opera in the HeightsAmahl and the Night Visitors12/7/2019 - 12/15/2019
On Site OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/4/2019 - 12/8/2019
Mississippi OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2019 - 12/1/2019
Baltimore Concert OperaThe Consul11/22/2019 - 11/24/2019
Opera KelownaAmahl and the Night Visitors11/14/2019 - 11/15/2019
Delaware Valley OperaThe Telephone7/6/2019 - 7/14/2019
Bronx OperaThe Consul1/12/2019 - 1/19/2019
Opera LancasterAmahl and the Night Visitors1/5/2019 - 1/5/2019
Heartland Opera TheatreAmahl and the Night Visitors12/13/2018 - 12/15/2018
Fargo-Moorhead OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/7/2018 - 12/9/2018
On Site OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/6/2018 - 12/8/2018
Victory Hall OperaThe Medium10/25/2018 - 10/30/2018
Opera SaratogaThe Consul7/7/2018 - 7/15/2018
New Orleans Opera AssociationThe Medium6/1/2018 - 6/3/2018
Resonance Works | PittsburghAmahl and the Night Visitors12/15/2017 - 12/17/2017
Opera OrlandoAmahl and the Night Visitors12/9/2017 - 12/10/2017
Marble City OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/8/2017 - 12/10/2017
Opera IdahoAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2017 - 12/3/2017
Heartland Opera TheatreThe Old Maid and the Thief11/10/2017 - 11/12/2017
Chicago Opera TheaterThe Consul11/4/2017 - 11/12/2017
Pacific Opera ProjectThe Medium10/27/2017 - 11/5/2017
Dayton OperaThe Consul10/20/2017 - 10/22/2017
Long Beach OperaThe Consul10/14/2017 - 10/22/2017
Marble City OperaThe Telephone or l’Amour a Trois10/6/2017 - 10/7/2017
Delaware Valley OperaThe Medium7/8/2017 - 7/16/2017
Resonance Works | PittsburghAmahl and the Night Visitors12/16/2016 - 12/18/2016
Opera OrlandoAmahl and the Night Visitors12/10/2016 - 12/11/2016
Fargo-Moorhead OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/9/2016 - 12/11/2016
Maryland Lyric OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/2/2016 - 12/4/2016
Tri-Cities OperaThe Telephone2/18/2016 - 2/21/2016
Opera Company of BrooklynAmahl and the Night Visitors12/19/2015 - 12/19/2015
Charlottesville OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2015 - 12/12/2015
Central City OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/11/2015 - 12/13/2015
Resonance Works | PittsburghAmahl and the Night Visitors12/11/2015 - 12/13/2015
Hubbard Hall Opera TheaterThe Old Maid and the Thief8/13/2015 - 8/22/2015
Florida Grand OperaThe Consul5/9/2015 - 5/16/2015
Fargo-Moorhead OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2014 - 12/13/2014
Des Moines Metro OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/7/2014 - 12/12/2014
Solo OperaChip and His Dog7/11/2014 - 7/11/2014
Opera Santa BarbaraThe Consul4/4/2014 - 4/27/2014
Mississippi OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2013 - 12/19/2013
Opera OrlandoThe Old Maid and the Thief12/8/2013 - 12/12/2013
Indianapolis OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/7/2013 - 12/14/2013
Amarillo OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors11/9/2013 - 11/11/2013
Mississippi OperaThe Old Maid and the Thief11/7/2013 - 11/11/2013
Opera NaplesThe Medium10/10/2013 - 10/18/2013
Indianapolis OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/16/2012 - 12/16/2012
Delaware Valley OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2012 - 12/12/2012
Central City OperaThe Medium7/7/2012 - 8/8/2012
Opera in WilliamsburgThe Telephone5/6/2012 - 5/6/2012
Opera IdahoAmahl and the Night Visitors12/4/2011 - 12/12/2011
Chelsea OperaThe Medium11/10/2011 - 11/11/2011
Santa Fe OperaThe Last Savage7/7/2011 - 8/25/2011
Opéra de MontréalThe Consul3/3/2011 - 3/12/2011
Opera IdahoAmahl and the Night Visitors12/5/2010 - 12/12/2010
Fargo-Moorhead OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2009 - 12/12/2009
Opera IdahoAmahl and the Night Visitors12/5/2009 - 12/12/2009
Glimmerglass FestivalThe Consul7/7/2009 - 8/24/2009
Chautauqua OperaThe Consul7/7/2009 - 7/27/2009
Nashville OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/9/2008 - 12/9/2008
Syracuse OperaThe Medium4/4/2008 - 4/27/2008
Opera CarolinaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/21/2007 - 12/21/2007
Piedmont OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/8/2007 - 12/12/2007
Fargo-Moorhead OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2007 - 12/12/2007
Seagle Music ColonyThe Medium7/7/2007 - 7/21/2007
Central City OperaThe Saint of Bleecker Street7/7/2007 - 8/18/2007
Chelsea OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2006 - 12/20/2006
Pittsburgh Festival OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2006 - 12/16/2006
Opera MemphisAmahl and the Night Visitors12/9/2006 - 12/12/2006
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/8/2006 - 12/12/2006
Piedmont OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/2/2006 - 12/12/2006
Nashville OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors11/11/2006 - 12/12/2006
Des Moines Metro OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2005 - 12/16/2005
Pittsburgh Festival OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2005 - 12/17/2005
Opera CarolinaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2005 - 12/16/2005
Opera MemphisAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2005 - 12/10/2005
Arizona OperaThe Consul4/1/2005 - 4/24/2005
Opera MemphisAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2004 - 12/17/2004
Solo OperaThe Old Maid and the Thief8/27/2004 - 8/27/2004
OperaDelawareThe Medium3/1/2004 - 3/28/2004
OperaDelawareThe Telephone3/1/2004 - 3/28/2004
Solo OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/23/2003 - 12/23/2003
Asheville Lyric OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2003 - 12/20/2003
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2003 - 12/7/2003
Toledo OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2003 - 12/20/2003
Des Moines Metro OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2003 - 12/20/2003
Opera CarolinaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2003 - 12/19/2003
Solo OperaThe Telephone9/21/2003 - 9/21/2003
Tacoma OperaThe Telephone2/15/2003 - 2/15/2003
Solo OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/20/2002 - 12/20/2002
Opera CarolinaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2002 - 12/20/2002
Opera RoanokeAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2002 - 12/14/2002
Asheville Lyric OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2002 - 12/20/2002
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/6/2002 - 12/12/2002
Portland OperaThe Consul3/30/2002 - 4/6/2002
Solo OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/21/2001 - 12/21/2001
Pittsburgh Festival OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2001 - 12/15/2001
Asheville Lyric OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2001 - 12/21/2001
Opera Company of BrooklynAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2001 - 12/12/2001
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/8/2001 - 12/12/2001
University of North Carolina at GreensboroThe Old Maid and the Thief2/2/2001 - 2/4/2001
Pittsburgh Festival OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/2000 - 12/16/2000
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/9/2000 - 12/12/2000
Pittsburgh Festival OperaThe Old Maid and the Thief12/9/2000 - 12/9/2000
Opera SouthwestAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/2000 - 12/16/2000
University of North Carolina at GreensboroAmahl and the Night Visitors11/11/2000 - 11/18/2000
Solo OperaThe Medium9/26/2000 - 9/26/2000
Solo OperaThe Telephone9/26/2000 - 9/26/2000
Des Moines Metro OperaThe Consul7/6/2000 - 7/15/2000
University of North Carolina at GreensboroThe Consul3/3/2000 - 4/4/2000
Pittsburgh Festival OperaThe Medium3/3/2000 - 4/2/2000
Opera RoanokeThe Old Maid and the Thief1/1/2000 - 1/1/2000
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/4/1999 - 12/12/1999
Opéra de MontréalThe Consul5/5/1999 - 5/8/1999
Pittsburgh Festival OperaThe Saint of Bleecker Street4/4/1999 - 4/18/1999
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/5/1998 - 12/12/1998
Opera San Luis ObispoAmahl and the Night Visitors12/6/1997 - 12/12/1997
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1997 - 12/7/1997
Manitoba OperaThe Consul2/2/1997 - 2/14/1997
Lyric Opera of ChicagoThe Consul10/10/1996 - 11/15/1996
Dayton OperaThe Telephone3/10/1996 - 3/10/1996
Opera San Luis ObispoAmahl and the Night Visitors12/12/1995 - 12/15/1995
Jefferson Performing Arts SocietyAmahl and the Night Visitors12/3/1995 - 12/12/1995
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1995 - 12/9/1995
Opera SaratogaThe Old Maid and the Thief8/7/1995 - 8/8/1995
Opéra de MontréalThe Consul4/1/1995 - 5/1/1995
Atlanta OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1994 - 12/17/1994
Opera RoanokeAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1994 - 12/3/1994
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1994 - 12/10/1994
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityThe Saint of Bleecker Street4/1/1994 - 4/15/1994
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1993 - 12/11/1993
Dayton OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1993 - 12/7/1993
Tri-Cities OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1993 - 12/5/1993
Florentine Opera CompanyThe Consul10/1/1993 - 10/16/1993
Des Moines Metro OperaThe Saint of Bleecker Street7/1/1993 - 7/16/1993
Lyric Opera of ChicagoThe Old Maid and the Thief5/1/1993 - 5/27/1993
Fort Worth OperaThe Old Maid and the Thief4/1/1993 - 5/1/1993
Fort Worth OperaThe Telephone4/1/1993 - 5/1/1993
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1992 - 12/12/1992
Atlanta OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1992 - 12/12/1992
Opera ModestoAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1992 - 12/19/1992
Pensacola OperaThe Telephone10/1/1992 - 10/30/1992
Virginia OperaThe Medium1/1/1992 - 2/1/1992
Mississippi OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1991 - 12/20/1991
Utah Symphony | Utah OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors12/1/1991 - 12/7/1991


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