Cillario, Carlo Felice

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Cillario, Carlo Felice

Cillario, Carlo Felice, Argentine-born Italian conductor; b. San Rafael, Feb. 7, 1915. He studied at the Bologna Cons, and in Odessa. In 1946 he founded the Orch. da Camera in Bologna. In 1948 he organized the sym. orch. of the Univ. of Tucumán in Argentina, and was resident conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado in Buenos Aires from 1949 to 1951. He later devoted himself mainly to conducting opera. In 1961 he made his British debut at the Glyndebourne Festival conducting L’elisir d’amore, and that same year he made his first appearance at the Lyric Opera in Chicago conducting La forza del destino. He made his debut at London’s Covent Garden in 1964 conducting Tosca. In 1970–71 he was music director of the Elizabethan Opera Trust in Sydney. On Oct. 17, 1972, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. conducting La sonnambula. He was principal guest conductor of the Australian Opera from 1987 to 1996, and then of Opera Australia from 1996 to 1999. His guest engagements also took him to opera houses in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Venice, Florence, Milan, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, and Stockholm.

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