Menotti’s The Medium and The Telephone
@ 7:00 PM
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Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti (1911–2007) wrote over twenty operas in his long and prolific career. His works have garnered both critical acclaim and popular support, twice winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music as well as the prestigious New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best musical play. Menotti is considered by many to be the most important American opera composer, and is often called “the American Puccini.” Due to the huge success of The Medium (1946), Menotti received the first ever commission for a television opera from NBC, resulting in his well-known Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951). The Medium, a tragedy in two acts, was premiered on Broadway in 1947 alongside its lighter companion piece, The Telephone, also by Menotti. The double bill ran for 212 performances on Broadway in 1947. Still frequently performed together, these beloved works are among the most frequently performed operas in the United States today.