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Marinuzzi, Gino, (I)

Marinuzzi, Gino, (I)

Marinuzzi, Gino, (I) noted Italian conductor and composer, father of Gino Marinuzzi (II) ; b. Palermo, March 24, 1882; d. Milan, Aug. 17, 1945. He was a student of Zuelli at the Palermo Cons. He commenced his career conducting at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, where he conducted the first local performance of Tristan und Isolde in 1909. After conducting in various Italian operatic centers, he toured in South America. In 1913 he conducted the first local performance of Parsifal at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. From 1915 to 1918 he was director of the Bologna Liceo Musicale. On March 27, 1917, he conducted the premiere of Puccini’s La Rondine in Monte Carlo. He was artistic director of the Chicago Grand Opera Co. from 1919 to 1921. From 1928 to 1934 he was chief conductor of the Teatro Reale dell’Opera in Rome. In 1934 he conducted at London’s Covent Garden. From 1934 to 1944 he conducted at Milan’s La Scala, where he served as its superintendent in 1944. Marinuzzi was especially admired as a conductor of the Italian operatic repertoire, but he also won distinction for his performances of Wagner and Strauss. Among his compositions were the operas Barberina (Palermo, 1903), Jacquerie (Buenos Aires, Aug. 11, 1918), and Palla de’ Mozzi (Milan, April 5, 1932), a sym. (1943), and chamber music.

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