Labroca, Mario, Italian composer; b. Rome, Nov. 22, 1896; d. there, July 1, 1973. He studied composition with Malipiero and Respighi, and graduated from the Parma Cons, in 1921. He was manager of the Teatro Comunale in Florence (1936–44), artistic director of La Scala in Milan (1947–49), director of the music dept. of the RAI (1949–58), and artistic director of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (from 1959). He also lectured at the Univ. of Perugia (from 1960).
dramatic: Opera: La Principessa di Perepepe (Rome, Dec. 11, 1927); Le tre figliole di Babbo Pallino (Rome, Jan. 27, 1928). other: Many theater and film scores. orch.: Sinfonia for Strings (1927); Sym. (1935). vocal:Stabat Mater for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (Rome, Dec. 15, 1935); 3 cantate sulla Passione di Cristo for Baritone, Chorus, and Orch. (1950); 8 madrigali di Tomaso Campanella for Baritone and Orch. (1958). chamber: 3 string quartets (1923, 1932, 1939); Suite for Viola and Piano (1923); Piano Trio (1925).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire