Gian Carlo Menotti

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Gian Carlo Menotti (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'' among about two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste. He won the Pulitzer Prize for two of them: ''The Consul'' (1950) and ''The Saint of Bleecker Street'' (1955). He founded the noted ''Festival dei Due Mondi'' (Festival of the Two Worlds) 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.

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