Gian Carlo Menotti

Biography

Born: July 7, 1911; Cadegliano, Italy   Died: February 1, 2007; Monte Carlo, Monaco  
Gian Carlo Menotti was one of the most influential composers of American opera in the twentieth century. He created a large body of work, and seven of his operas and one operatic ballet are secure in the canon of contemporary opera. He wrote all of his own librettos, as well as librettos for Samuel Barber and Lukas Foss. Starting with The Medium in 1946, he directed the premieres of all his operas and went on to become an internationally Read more acclaimed opera director. One of his most substantial achievements was the creation of the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, in 1958, and he later initiated extensions of the festival in Charleston, SC, and Melbourne, Australia. Although he is best known for his operas, his works include ballets, concerti, orchestral, and chamber music and a large body of choral music. Critical opinion of his significance as a composer and librettist is divided; his is credited with single-handedly reviving interest in opera among the American public in the mid-twentieth century, but his work also has detractors, who characterize his music as derivative and sentimental, and his dramaturgy as manipulative. The strengths of his music include the deft psychological illumination of the drama on-stage, transparent orchestration, fluent and idiomatic vocal writing, genuinely expressive recitative, and a gift for memorable melody.

Menotti was born into an affluent family in Cadegliano, Italy, in 1911. His mother Ines was a good musician who often hosted small concerts and recitals at the family villa. Gian Carlo was a musical prodigy, and by the age of 11 he had written an opera (The Death of Pierrot). When he was 14, he entered the Milan Conservatory. At 17, he departed for the United States with his mother, who, with support from family friend Arturo Toscanini, saw to his enrollment at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. There he began composition studies with Rosario Scalero and met composer Samuel Barber, who became his lover and with whom he shared a home for over 40 years. As a student, Menotti spent much of his time with the Barber family in Westchester, PA.

He graduated from Curtis in 1933 and soon began work on his first mature opera: Amelia al Ballo. It was premiered at Curtis in 1937 with such success that it was taken up by the Metropolitan Opera the following year. In 1939, NBC commissioned The Old Maid and the Thief, his first opera in English and the first opera written specifically for radio broadcast.

The only failure of Menotti's early career was The Island God (1942), commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. During the war years, he wrote his Piano Concerto in F and a full-length ballet Sebastian. His chamber opera The Medium was premiered in May 1946 and had a run of 212 performances on Broadway during the following season, paired with his one-act comedy The Telephone. The Consul (1950), the composer's first full-length opera, considered by many to be his masterpiece, also had a long Broadway run, and it won the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award. The story, inspired by the plight of individuals trapped in European totalitarian states after the Second World War, was originally intended for a Hollywood film, one of several unproduced scripts the composer wrote for MGM.

NBC commissioned Menotti to write Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first opera created especially for television, for live broadcast on Christmas Eve 1951. It became his most popular work, has received thousands of productions, and is the most frequently performed American opera. He wrote his most ambitious opera, The Saint of Bleecker Street (1954), for Broadway, and it brought him his second New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, his second Pulitzer Prize, and a New York Music Critics' Award. His choral ballet The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore, which he described as a madrigal fable, received its premiere in 1956. His third full-length opera, Maria Golovin, was written for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. It had a very brief run on Broadway and has not enjoyed the popularity of his earlier operas.

In 1958, Menotti and conductor Thomas Schippers established the renowned Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The festival consumed much of his creative energy, and although he wrote 16 more operas and many orchestral and choral works, little of the music he wrote since its founding has had critical or popular success. He stepped down as Spoleto's director in 1967, though he remained its president. In 1977 he established Spoleto USA in Charleston, SC, and served as its director until 1993. He was briefly director of the Rome Opera beginning in 1993. Menotti received the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement in the arts in 1984, and he was Musical America's Musician of the Year in 1991. Read less
Menotti: Il Console / Schippers, Zeani, Colmagro, Et Al
Release Date: 05/06/2003   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1386   Number of Discs: 2
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Menotti: Goya / Mercurio, Hernandez, Et Al
Release Date: 03/08/2005   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1426   Number of Discs: 2
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Amahl! Amahl! (Mother, Amahl)
Oh, Mother, you should go out and see! (Amahl, Mother)
Stop bothering me! (Mother, Amahl)
Poor Amahl! Hunger has gone to your head (Mother)
Don't cry, Mother dear (Amahl, Mother)
From far away we come (King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar)
Amahl... Yes, Mother (Mother, Amahl)
Good Evening! Good Evening! (King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar, Amahl, Mother)
Come in, Come in! (Mother, King Melchior, Amahl)
Are you a real king? (Amahl, King Balthazar, King Kaspar)
This is my box (King Kaspar)
Amahl, I told you not to be a nuisance! (Mother, Amadl)
Oh, these beautiful things (Mother, King Melchior)
Have you seen a child (King Melchior, Mother, King Balthazar, King Kaspar)
Shepherds! Shepherdesses! (Chorus, Mother, King Melchior)
Emily! Emily! (Chorus, Mother)
Olives and quinces (Chorus, King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar, Mother)
Shepherds' Dance
Thank you, good friends (King Balthazar, Chorus, Amahl, King Kaspar)
All that gold! (Mother)
Thief! Thief! (Page, King Melchoir, King Balthazar, King Kaspar)
Don't you dare! (Amahl)
Oh, woman, you may keep the gold (King Melchior)
Oh, no, wait... take back your gold! (Mother, Amahl)
I walk, mother! (Amahl, King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar, Mother, Page)
Do you really want to go? (Mother, Amahl, King Kaspar, King Balthazar)
Shepherds, Arise! (Chorus, King Melchior, Amahl)
Ricercare
Toccata
Act I Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on record, John, Magda, Mother)
Act I Scene 1: Quick, John! The Police! (Mother, Magda, Police Agent)
Act I Scene 1: Don't move yet (Magda, Mother, John)
Act I Scene 1: Now, O lips, say goodbye (Magda, Mother, John)
Act I Scene 2: Interlude
Act I Scene 2: Next. Yes ... What can I do for you? (Secretary, Mr Kofner)
Act I Scene 2: Next. Next! (Secretary, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner)
Act I Scene 2: Next. Hello. Oh! It's you! (Secretary, Magda)
Act I Scene 2: I beg your pardon, Madam (Magician, Vera Boronel, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner)
Act II Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on record, Mother, Magda)
Act II Scene 1: I shall find for you shells and stars (Mother)
Act II Scene 1: John, John, why did you bring me ... (Magda, John, Mother)
Act II Scene 1: It is the signal! (Magda, Mother, Police Agent, Assan)
Act II Scene 1: Mother, why are you so still, Mother! (Magda, Mother)
Act II Scene 1: Interlude
Act I: Introduction
Act I: "Where, oh, where" (Monica)
Act I: "Be careful, Baba's coming!" (Monica)
Act I: "Where have you been all night?" (Monica)
Act I: "Get ready! Hurry!" (Baba)
Act I: "Good evening, Madame Flora" (Mrs. Gobineau)
Act I: "Is this the first time" (Mrs. Gobineau)
Act I: "It Happened long ago" (Mrs. Gobineau)
Act I: "It's time to begin" (Baba)
Act I: "You must be very silent" (Mr. Gobineau)
Act I: "Mother, mother, are you there?" (Monica)
Act I: "Doodly, doodly, are you happy?" (Mrs. Nolan)
Act I: "Mummy, Mummy dear" (Monica)
Act I: "Mother, mother, are you there?" (Monica)
Act I: "Send my son to me..." (Mr. Gobineau)
Act I: "What is it? Who is it?" (Baba)
Act I: "But why be afraid?" (Mr. Gobineau)
Act I: "Baba, what has happened?" (Monica)
Act I: "Where is Toby?" (Baba)
Act I: "The Sun has fallen" (Monica)
Act I: "The spools unravel" (Monica)
Act I: "Oh God! What is happening to me?" (Baba)
Act II: Introduction
Act II: "Bravo!" (Monica)
Act II: "What is the matter Toby?" (Monica)
Act II: Baba's entrance
Act II: "Toby, you know that I love you" (Baba)
Act II: "But first you must tell me" (Baba)
Act II: "Perhaps it was not you after all" (Baba)
Act II: "Good evening, Madame Flora" (Mrs. Gobineau; Mrs. Nolan)
Act II: "Not to know my daughter's own voice?" (Mrs. Nolan)
Act II: "Please let us have our seance, Madame Flora" (The Gobineaus; Mrs. Nolan)
Act II: "And you, you too get out" (Baba)
Act II: Toby's exit
Act II: "Mother, mother, are you there?" (Girl's Voice)
Act II: "Afraid, am I afraid?" (Baba)
Act II: "The dead never come back" (Baba)
Act II: "O God, forgive my sins" (Baba)
Act II: "Who's there?" (Babay)
Act II: "I've killed the ghost!" (Baba)
In Lucy's apartment
Oh! just what I wanted (Lucy, Ben)
Excuse me. Hello! Hello! (Lucy, Ben)
Excuse me. Hello, hello! What are you saying (Lucy, Ben)
It is four-fifteen and three-and-a-half seconds (Lucy, Ben)
If you would consider ... (Ben, Lucy)
Listen, Lucy, listen, now don't you cry, don't you cry (Ben, Lucy)
You wicked man! What were you doing to it? (Lucy, Ben)
Hello, this is lucy (Lucy, Ben)
Oh! Where has he gone? (Lucy)
Oh! It must be he! It must be he! (Lucy, Ben)
Your number! I'll never forget to call your number (Ben, Lucy)
WORKS
Amahl! Amahl! (Mother, Amahl)
Oh, Mother, you should go out and see! (Amahl, Mother)
Stop bothering me! (Mother, Amahl)
Poor Amahl! Hunger has gone to your head (Mother)
Don't cry, Mother dear (Amahl, Mother)
From far away we come (King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar)
Amahl... Yes, Mother (Mother, Amahl)
Good Evening! Good Evening! (King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar, Amahl, Mother)
Come in, Come in! (Mother, King Melchior, Amahl)
Are you a real king? (Amahl, King Balthazar, King Kaspar)
This is my box (King Kaspar)
Amahl, I told you not to be a nuisance! (Mother, Amadl)
Oh, these beautiful things (Mother, King Melchior)
Have you seen a child (King Melchior, Mother, King Balthazar, King Kaspar)
Shepherds! Shepherdesses! (Chorus, Mother, King Melchior)
Emily! Emily! (Chorus, Mother)
Olives and quinces (Chorus, King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar, Mother)
Shepherds' Dance
Thank you, good friends (King Balthazar, Chorus, Amahl, King Kaspar)
All that gold! (Mother)
Thief! Thief! (Page, King Melchoir, King Balthazar, King Kaspar)
Don't you dare! (Amahl)
Oh, woman, you may keep the gold (King Melchior)
Oh, no, wait... take back your gold! (Mother, Amahl)
I walk, mother! (Amahl, King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar, Mother, Page)
Do you really want to go? (Mother, Amahl, King Kaspar, King Balthazar)
Shepherds, Arise! (Chorus, King Melchior, Amahl)
I. Improperia
II. La citta celeste
III. Gli angeli militanti
I. Gli amanti impossibili
II. Mattinata di neve
III. Il settimo bicchiere di vino
IV. Lo spettro
V. Dorme Pegaso
VI. La lettera
VII. Rassegnazione
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vivace
So he touched the first door (Naninga)
Open, open! (Fugitive)
You filthy blackgaurds (Sheriff)
Martin my boy (Father Cornelius)
I've had enough of this (Sherrif)
Heavenly Father (Ninga, Children , Father Cornelius)
Kyrie
Gloria
Motet: O Pulchritudo
Sanctus - Benedictus
Agnus Dei
No. 1. Giga
No. 2. Lullaby
No. 3. Bells at dawn
No. 4. The Spinner
No. 5. The Bagpipers
No. 6. The Brook
No. 7. The Shepherd
No. 8. Nocturne
No. 9. The Stranger's Dance
No. 10. Winter Wind
No. 11. War Song
No. 12. The Manger
Ricercare
Toccata
No. 1. The Eternal Prisoner
No. 2. The Idle Gift
No. 3. The Longest Wait
No. 4. My Ghost
No. 5. The Swing
Act I Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on record, John, Magda, Mother)
Act I Scene 1: Quick, John! The Police! (Mother, Magda, Police Agent)
Act I Scene 1: Don't move yet (Magda, Mother, John)
Act I Scene 1: Now, O lips, say goodbye (Magda, Mother, John)
Act I Scene 2: Interlude
Act I Scene 2: Next. Yes ... What can I do for you? (Secretary, Mr Kofner)
Act I Scene 2: Next. Next! (Secretary, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner)
Act I Scene 2: Next. Hello. Oh! It's you! (Secretary, Magda)
Act I Scene 2: I beg your pardon, Madam (Magician, Vera Boronel, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner)
Act II Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on record, Mother, Magda)
Act II Scene 1: I shall find for you shells and stars (Mother)
Act II Scene 1: John, John, why did you bring me ... (Magda, John, Mother)
Act II Scene 1: It is the signal! (Magda, Mother, Police Agent, Assan)
Act II Scene 1: Mother, why are you so still, Mother! (Magda, Mother)
Act II Scene 1: Interlude
Act I: Introduction
Act I: "Where, oh, where" (Monica)
Act I: "Be careful, Baba's coming!" (Monica)
Act I: "Where have you been all night?" (Monica)
Act I: "Get ready! Hurry!" (Baba)
Act I: "Good evening, Madame Flora" (Mrs. Gobineau)
Act I: "Is this the first time" (Mrs. Gobineau)
Act I: "It Happened long ago" (Mrs. Gobineau)
Act I: "It's time to begin" (Baba)
Act I: "You must be very silent" (Mr. Gobineau)
Act I: "Mother, mother, are you there?" (Monica)
Act I: "Doodly, doodly, are you happy?" (Mrs. Nolan)
Act I: "Mummy, Mummy dear" (Monica)
Act I: "Mother, mother, are you there?" (Monica)
Act I: "Send my son to me..." (Mr. Gobineau)
Act I: "What is it? Who is it?" (Baba)
Act I: "But why be afraid?" (Mr. Gobineau)
Act I: "Baba, what has happened?" (Monica)
Act I: "Where is Toby?" (Baba)
Act I: "The Sun has fallen" (Monica)
Act I: "The spools unravel" (Monica)
Act I: "Oh God! What is happening to me?" (Baba)
Act II: Introduction
Act II: "Bravo!" (Monica)
Act II: "What is the matter Toby?" (Monica)
Act II: Baba's entrance
Act II: "Toby, you know that I love you" (Baba)
Act II: "But first you must tell me" (Baba)
Act II: "Perhaps it was not you after all" (Baba)
Act II: "Good evening, Madame Flora" (Mrs. Gobineau; Mrs. Nolan)
Act II: "Not to know my daughter's own voice?" (Mrs. Nolan)
Act II: "Please let us have our seance, Madame Flora" (The Gobineaus; Mrs. Nolan)
Act II: "And you, you too get out" (Baba)
Act II: Toby's exit
Act II: "Mother, mother, are you there?" (Girl's Voice)
Act II: "Afraid, am I afraid?" (Baba)
Act II: "The dead never come back" (Baba)
Act II: "O God, forgive my sins" (Baba)
Act II: "Who's there?" (Babay)
Act II: "I've killed the ghost!" (Baba)
1939 Radio Hour Introduction
Overture
Scene 1: Good day, Miss Pinkerton (Miss Todd, Miss Pinkerton, Laetitia, Bob)
Scene 2: Good day, Laetitia (Miss Todd, Laetitia)
Scene 3: Good morning! Hey, good morning, Bob! (Laetitia, Bob, Miss Todd)
Scene 4: Miss Todd! (Miss Pinkerton, Miss Todd)
Scene 5: Laetitia! (Miss Todd, Laetitia)
Scene 6: What a curse for a women is a timid man! (Laetitia)
Scene 7: Miss Todd! (Miss Pinkerton, Miss Tood)
Scene 8: When the air sings of summer (Bob, Laetitia)
Scene 9: Miss Todd! (Laetitia, Miss Todd)
Scene 10: Look to your left (Laetitia, Miss Todd, Storekeeper)
Scene 11: Miss Todd! (Miss Pinkerton, Miss Todd, Laetitia)
Scene 12: Knock at the door (Miss Todd, Laetitia, Bob)
Scene 13: A nice mess you've got me in! (Bob, Laetitia)
Scene 14: Laetitia! Where are you! Hey Laetitia! (Miss Todd)
Act I Scene 1: Introduction - Rosa Mystica (Assunta, Chorus, A Young Man)
Act I Scene 1: Well ... I'm tired of waiting! (Maria Corona, Assunta, Carmela, Chorus, A Young Woman)
Act I Scene 1: The vision has begun (Don Marco, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Ah, sweet Jesus, spare me this agony (Annina, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Look! The stigmata (Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Stop it! (Michele, Carmela, Chorus, Don Marco)
Act I Scene 1: Ah, poor Michele, it is not I your rival (Don Marco)
Act I Scene 1: Interlude
Act I Scene 2: Canta ninna, canta nanna al mio bambino (Assunta, Carmela, An Old Woman, Renata, Annina, Man's Voice, Woman's Voice, Concettina)
Act I Scene 2: Annina, I've something to confess to you (Carmela, Annina, Assunta)
Act I Scene 2: Annina, Annina! (Maria Corona, Assunta, Carmela, Annina, Son of Maria Corona)
Act I Scene 2: Michele, Michele! (Annina, Michele)
Act I Scene 2: Sister, I shall hide you and take you away (Michele, Annina)
Act I Scene 2: Veglia su di noi, Santo del Sangue (Chorus, Annina, Michele)
Act III Scene 2: Oh, my Love, at last the hour has come (Annina, Carmela)
Act III Scene 2: Maria, Salvatore! (Assunta, Maria Corona, Salvatore, Don Marco, 1 Tenor, 1 Bass, Carmela)
Act III Scene 2: Gloria tibi Domine in saeculum et in saeculum saeculi (Chorus, Don Marco, Annina)
Act III Scene 2: Annina, Annina! (Michele, Salvatore, Don Marco, Maria Corona, Carmela, Assunta, Chorus)
In Lucy's apartment
Oh! just what I wanted (Lucy, Ben)
Excuse me. Hello! Hello! (Lucy, Ben)
Excuse me. Hello, hello! What are you saying (Lucy, Ben)
It is four-fifteen and three-and-a-half seconds (Lucy, Ben)
If you would consider ... (Ben, Lucy)
Listen, Lucy, listen, now don't you cry, don't you cry (Ben, Lucy)
You wicked man! What were you doing to it? (Lucy, Ben)
Hello, this is lucy (Lucy, Ben)
Oh! Where has he gone? (Lucy)
Oh! It must be he! It must be he! (Lucy, Ben)
Your number! I'll never forget to call your number (Ben, Lucy)
Introduction
Interlude
Madrigal 1
Interlude
Madrigal 2
Introduction
Madrigal 3
Madrigal 4
Interlude
Madrigal 5
Madrigal 6
Madrigal 7
Interlude
Madrigal 8
Madrigal 9
Interlude
Madrigal 10
Interlude
Madrigal 11
The March to the Castle
Madrigal 12
I. Capriccio
II. Romanza
III. Envoi


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