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Gian Menotti

Gian Carlo Menotti, composer(b. July 7, 1911--d. February 1, 2007) Gian Carlo Menotti became the most-performed contemporary opera composer of his era. He stood alone on the American scene as the first to create American opera with so much appeal to audiences that it became established in permanent repertory. He adapted his natural Italian gift for operatic drama and performance to the requirements of the American stage and changing times.