Composer Carlo Menotti Dies at 95
Italian composer Carlo Menotti has died in Monaco at the age of 95. Menotti was the founder of the popular Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.
His Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto sought to bring together fresh creative forces in U.S. and European culture. The tradition launched young artists into impressive careers. Shirley Verrett sang her first "Carmen" there; in 1959, Patrice Chereau launched his opera career with a much-praised production of "L'Italiana in Algeri;" and Tennessee Williams' "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" premiered in 1962. From Spoleto's stages, dancers such as Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp went on to shape the direction of contemporary dance.