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By Myrna Oliver and Myrna Oliver,Los Angeles Times | February 2, 2007
Gian Carlo Menotti, who organized music festivals in Spoleto, Italy, and the United States and helped bring opera to the masses with his repeatedly televised Christmas work Amahl and the Night Visitors, died yesterday at a hospital in Monaco. He was 95. "He died pretty peacefully and without any pain," said his adopted son Francis Menotti. Gian Carlo Menotti was sought after worldwide as a director of other people's operas, as well as composer of his own. "I wish I'd never started staging operas.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | February 4, 2007
Call him The Defier. Gian Carlo Menotti defied critics, producers, boards of directors, contemporary tastes, the odds. The affable and wonderfully opinionated Italian-born composer, who died Thursday at 95, was a 19th-century man working in the 20th, writing the music he felt, in a style Verdi and Puccini would have thoroughly understood. And he was something of a genius at reaching the public with his work, especially his operas. Starting in 1947, with a double bill of a comedy, The Telephone, and a melodrama, The Medium, he took opera into traditional Broadway theaters and enjoyed unprecedented, and so far unequaled, triumphs there.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | February 4, 2007
Call him The Defier. Gian Carlo Menotti defied critics, producers, boards of directors, contemporary tastes, the odds. The affable and wonderfully opinionated Italian-born composer, who died Thursday at 95, was a 19th-century man working in the 20th, writing the music he felt, in a style Verdi and Puccini would have thoroughly understood. And he was something of a genius at reaching the public with his work, especially his operas. Starting in 1947, with a double bill of a comedy, The Telephone, and a melodrama, The Medium, he took opera into traditional Broadway theaters and enjoyed unprecedented, and so far unequaled, triumphs there.
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By Myrna Oliver and Myrna Oliver,Los Angeles Times | February 2, 2007
Gian Carlo Menotti, who organized music festivals in Spoleto, Italy, and the United States and helped bring opera to the masses with his repeatedly televised Christmas work Amahl and the Night Visitors, died yesterday at a hospital in Monaco. He was 95. "He died pretty peacefully and without any pain," said his adopted son Francis Menotti. Gian Carlo Menotti was sought after worldwide as a director of other people's operas, as well as composer of his own. "I wish I'd never started staging operas.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 2, 2001
Gian Carlo Menotti is still having a dialogue with God. "I am trying to settle a few things before I die," the 89-year-old composer says in his lightly accented voice. "I know I only have a few years left." The Italian-born Menotti, one of the most successful composers of the 20th century, has been carrying on that metaphysical conversation through his music for decades. "The Medium," his 1946 opera that had a long run on Broadway, asks questions about faith and the unknown; "The Saint of Bleecker Street," a 1954 work that also enjoyed a Broadway success, deals even more directly and poignantly with religious beliefs and doubts.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 9, 2006
Picture it. New York City, NBC Studios, Christmas Eve, 1951. An hour-long broadcast begins with the sound of a cheery shepherd's pipe played by a small, disabled boy out in the cold. His mother calls him to come inside, but she doesn't speak her words. She sings them. Hard to believe, but this premiere airing of Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors was not only on network TV, but actually commissioned by something called NBC Television Opera Theater. Amahl and the Night Visitors will be performed at 2 p.m. today and tomorrow at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25 to $45. Call 410-547-7997 or go to operavivente.
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By New York Times | May 30, 1991
In the latest episode of a yearlong feud that has transformed the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. into something of a soap opera, Gian Carlo Menotti, the festival's 79-year-old founder, said yesterday that he would not return to Charleston, S.C., next year unless the festival's top officers resigned.The general manager, Nigel Redden, and the two board members, Ross A. Markwardt, chairman, and Edgar F. Daniels, president, repeated what they had been saying since Menotti first threatened to leave the festival last October: that they recognized Menotti's prerogatives as artistic director, that they had never challenged them and that they did not understand why he had publicly painted them as villains.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 1, 2001
According to composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti, a good opera needs four ingredients - love, compassion, outrage and wonder. He indelibly demonstrated those essentials in "The Consul," which premiered 50 years ago and has been given a potent revival by the Washington Opera. Putting a starkly human face on hideous problems faced by European freedom fighters and refugees, post-World War II, Menotti created a gripping piece of theater that is propelled by some of his most passionate, memorable music.
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By Wes Blomster and Wes Blomster,Knight-Ridder Newspapers | April 8, 1992
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It's modesty, not necessity, says Gian Carlo Menotti, that mothers invention.And in the arts world -- as everyone knows today -- "modesty" translates directly into money.Mr. Menotti was telling three stories at once to explain that 1992 Spoleto U.S.A. will see Donizetti's "Il Duca d'Alba" with sets from the 1882 Rome premiere of the opera."It was the second or third year of the Spoleto Festival in Italy," begins the esteemed octogenarian. "And we were completely broke."
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By Stephen Wigler | December 14, 1995
Gian-Carlo Menotti's one-act opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors," has acquired the seasonal status of Handel's "Messiah" or Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" -- we simply can't endure December without it. This lovely musical drama about the birth of Christ and the true meaning of Christmas will be performed Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Second Presbyterian Church.The church is at 4200 St. Paul St. Admission is free, parking is plentiful and early comers will be treated to a 6 p.m. performance of carols on early instruments on the church lawn.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 9, 2006
Picture it. New York City, NBC Studios, Christmas Eve, 1951. An hour-long broadcast begins with the sound of a cheery shepherd's pipe played by a small, disabled boy out in the cold. His mother calls him to come inside, but she doesn't speak her words. She sings them. Hard to believe, but this premiere airing of Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors was not only on network TV, but actually commissioned by something called NBC Television Opera Theater. Amahl and the Night Visitors will be performed at 2 p.m. today and tomorrow at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25 to $45. Call 410-547-7997 or go to operavivente.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 2, 2001
Gian Carlo Menotti is still having a dialogue with God. "I am trying to settle a few things before I die," the 89-year-old composer says in his lightly accented voice. "I know I only have a few years left." The Italian-born Menotti, one of the most successful composers of the 20th century, has been carrying on that metaphysical conversation through his music for decades. "The Medium," his 1946 opera that had a long run on Broadway, asks questions about faith and the unknown; "The Saint of Bleecker Street," a 1954 work that also enjoyed a Broadway success, deals even more directly and poignantly with religious beliefs and doubts.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 1, 2001
According to composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti, a good opera needs four ingredients - love, compassion, outrage and wonder. He indelibly demonstrated those essentials in "The Consul," which premiered 50 years ago and has been given a potent revival by the Washington Opera. Putting a starkly human face on hideous problems faced by European freedom fighters and refugees, post-World War II, Menotti created a gripping piece of theater that is propelled by some of his most passionate, memorable music.
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By Wes Blomster and Wes Blomster,Knight-Ridder Newspapers | April 8, 1992
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It's modesty, not necessity, says Gian Carlo Menotti, that mothers invention.And in the arts world -- as everyone knows today -- "modesty" translates directly into money.Mr. Menotti was telling three stories at once to explain that 1992 Spoleto U.S.A. will see Donizetti's "Il Duca d'Alba" with sets from the 1882 Rome premiere of the opera."It was the second or third year of the Spoleto Festival in Italy," begins the esteemed octogenarian. "And we were completely broke."
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By New York Times | May 30, 1991
In the latest episode of a yearlong feud that has transformed the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. into something of a soap opera, Gian Carlo Menotti, the festival's 79-year-old founder, said yesterday that he would not return to Charleston, S.C., next year unless the festival's top officers resigned.The general manager, Nigel Redden, and the two board members, Ross A. Markwardt, chairman, and Edgar F. Daniels, president, repeated what they had been saying since Menotti first threatened to leave the festival last October: that they recognized Menotti's prerogatives as artistic director, that they had never challenged them and that they did not understand why he had publicly painted them as villains.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 1, 1991
UMBC to present Guare's 'Marco Polo Sings a Solo'John Guare's futuristic comedy "Marco Polo Sings A Solo" will be presented by the University of Maryland Baltimore County theater department Thursday to Saturday and again Dec. 11-14 in the UMBC Theatre. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. The absurdist story, set on an iceberg off the coast of Norway in 1999, is about the making of a movie about the Venetian explorer Marco Polo. For more information call (410) 455-2476. Gian Carlo Menotti's one-act Christmas opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors," kicks off the Baltimore School for the Art's Winter Celebration Friday night at 8 in the school's Schaeffer Ballroom.
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By Stephen Wigler | December 8, 1991
TCVienna Boys Choir to sing at MeyerhoffFor music lovers all over the world the Christmas season isn't complete without a concert by the Vienna Boys Choir. This most famous of angelically voiced choirs will make two appearances at Meyerhoff Hall at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11. They sing such favorites as "Ave Maria," "Stille Nacht" ("Silent Night") and "Away a Manger," and they also perform semi-staged, short operettas. Tickets are priced at $16 to $30. For further information, call the Meyerhoff box office -- (410)
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