Siciliani, Alessandro , Italian conductor and composer; b. Florence, June 5, 1952. He received training in piano, conducting, and composition at the Milan Cons. and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, his principal conducting mentor being Ferrara. He conducted opera throughout Italy, including Rome, Naples, and Palermo; also conducted opera in Barcelona, Marseilles, Nice, Liège, N.Y., Philadelphia, and New Orleans. In 1988 he conducted for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y., leading the double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci; also appeared as a symphonic conductor with leading orchs. throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. In 1988 he became principal guest conductor of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and of the Teatro Municipal in Sâo Paulo. He was music advisor (1991–92) and music director (from 1992) of the Columbus (Ohio) Sym. Orch. Among his compositions are a ballet, L’Amour Peintre, orch. works, an oratorio, dona, a cantata, etc.
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