Oliviero de Fabritiis (conductor and composer)

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Oliviero De Fabritiis (13 June 1902 – 12 August 1982) was an Italian conductor and composer.

Oliviero De Fabritiis was born in Rome, where he studied with Refice and Setaccialo. He made his debut at the Teatro Nazionale in Rome in 1920, and later moved to the Teatro Adriano. He was artistic secretary at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma from 1932 until 1943. He inaugurated the summer performances at the Baths of Caracalla in 1937, with Lucia di Lammermoor. He conducted widely in Italy, notably in Verona from 1948 until 1980. He conducted many operas with Beniamino Gigli, with whom he also made famous recordings; Andrea Chénier, Tosca, Madama Butterfly. In 1951 De Fabritiis conducted a series of performances in Mexico City with Maria Callas. In 1956, he conducted the television production of Madama Butterfly, which launched Anna Moffo's career. That same year he conducted the soundtrack of a filmed Tosca with Maria Caniglia (voicing the on-screen Franca Duval), and Franco Corelli. He also conducted Leontyne Price in her first operatic album for RCA (a 1960 collection of Verdi and Puccini arias, known as "The Blue Album"), and Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni and Montserrat Caballé in a recordings of Mefistofele.

He appeared widely in Europe, America and Japan, mostly conducting the standard Italian opera repertory. He was admired for his italianate warmth of expression, and for his skills at balancing consideration for voices and instrumental details. He was also the composer of a number of vocal works.

He died in Rome in 1982, aged 80.

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1985MefistofeleArrigo Boito; Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Montserrat Caballé, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Oliviero de Fabritiis1
1986Il trovatore (Highlights)Giuseppe Verdi; Antonietta Stella, Giulietta Simionato, Gastone Limarilli, Ettore Bastianini; Oliviero de Fabritiis1
1993La Cenerentola (querschnitt)Rossini; Orchester des Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Chor des Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Oliviero de Fabritiis, Simionato, Benelli, Montarsolo, Bruscantini2
1996Andrea ChénierUmberto Giordano; Beniamino Gigli, Maria Caniglia, Gino Bechi, Giulietta Simionato, Giuseppe Taddei, Oliviero de Fabritiis1
1999Tosca (1938 studio cast)Giacomo Puccini; Caniglia, Gigli, Borgioli, Dominici, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Oliviero de Fabritiis2
2005Mefistofele (1982 studio cast)Arrigo Boito; Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Montserrat Caballé, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Oliviero de Fabritiis51
I pescatori di perle (Napoli, 1959)Georges Bizet; Ferruccio Tagliavini, Marcella Pobbe, Ugo Savarese, Carlo Cava, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Oliviero de Fabritiis1

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1997Aïda (1951 Mexico City recording)Giuseppe Verdi; Maria Callas, Mario del Monaco, Giuseppe Taddei, Oralia Dominguez, Orquesta e Coro del Palacio de las Bellas Artes, Oliviero de Fabritiis4
1998Lucia di Lammermoor (1976 Verona live performance)Gaetano Donizetti; Cristina Deutekom, Luciano Pavarotti, Olivero de Fabritis1
2003Madama Butterfly (1956 TV film cast)Giacomo Puccini; Anna Moffo, Renato Cioni, Afro Poli, Miti Truccato Pace, Oliviero de Fabritiis51
2011La traviata (1951 Mexico City cast)Verdi; Maria Callas, Valletti, Taddei, Oliviero de Fabritiis51

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