Gian Carlo Menotti (pronounced [dʒan ˈkarlo meˈnɔtːi]; July 7, 1911 – February 1, 2007) was an Italian-American composer and librettist. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, he kept his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, along with over two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste.

He won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Consul (1950) and for The Saint of Bleecker Street (1955). He founded the noted Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds) in Spoleto in 1958 and its American counterpart, Spoleto Festival USA, in 1977. In 1986 he commenced a Melbourne Spoleto Festival in Australia, but he withdrew after three years.

Menotti died on February 1, 2007, at the age of 95 in a hospital in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where he had a home. He was buried in East Lothian, Scotland.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Medium Gian Carlo Menotti; Joyce Castle, Patrice Michaels Bedi, Chicago Opera Theater, Lawrence Rapchak 1
1999 The Consul Gian Carlo Menotti; Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Richard Hickox, Susan Bullock 1
Amahl and the Night Visitors Gian Carlo Menotti 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1952 Amahl and the Night Visitors (Original Cast of the NBC Telecast, Christmas Eve, 1951) Gian Carlo Menotti 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Amahl and the Night Visitors (Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus feat. conductor: David Syrus) Gian Carlo Menotti 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Amahl and the Night Visitors (NBC Opera; Herbert Grossman) Gian Carlo Menotti 1

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