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Today in Italy’s History: Gian Carlo Menotti’s Birthday

Born near the Swiss border in Italy on July 7, 1911, Gian Carlo Menotti was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize who passed away in 2007.

Interestingly, Menotti enrolled to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, in 1928, studying music under Rosario Scalero.

There at Curtis, Menotti met Samuel Barber, who became his partner in life and work, living first in West Chester during studies and then settling down in New York after graduation.

In 1958 Menotti founded the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, with its companion (Spoleto Festival USA) in Charleston, South Carolina in 1977.

Photo Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber, circa 1930s.

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