Monday, July 7, 2014
Menotti wrote Amahl and the Night Visitors
It is the birthday of Italian-American Gian Carlo Menotti (1911), who is best remembered for his popular Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951) and for founding the Festival of the Two Worlds (1958) in Spoleto, Italy, and Spoleto Festival USA (1977) in Charleston, South Carolina. He also won Pulitzer Prizes for the operas The Consul (1950) and The Saint of Bleecker Street (1958). In this video, Menotti tells about establishing the Italian festival and celebrates his birthday.