December 6, 2019


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Earlier, we heard the overture to a one-act opera by the Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who also wrote the classic Christmas opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors”.  This earlier work is from 1936, and Fritz Reiner conducted its premiere in Philadephia.  What’s the title of this Menotti opera that a critic proclaimed ‘an agreeable example of modern Italian opera, vivacious and tuneful’?