Caracciolo, Franco, Italian conductor; b. Bari, March 29, 1920. He studied composition and piano at the Cons, in San Pietro a Majella in Naples and conducting with Molinari at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 1949 he went to Naples as conductor of the Alessandro Scarlatti Orch. In 1964 he settled in Milan as principal conductor of RAI, retiring in 1987. In his programs, Caracciolo revived many of the forgotten orch. works of Italian composers; he also conducted contemporary works.
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