Gian Carlo Menotti (pronounced [dʒan ˈkarlo meˈnɔtːi]; July 7, 1911 – February 1, 2007) was an Italian-American composer and librettist. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, he kept his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, along with over two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste
Gian Carlo Menotti (1911–2007) Italian-American composer & librettist. In 1928 he enrolled at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music where he met composer Samuel Barber, who became Menotti's lover & partner in life & in work; with Menotti crafting the libretto for Barber's most famous opera, Vanessa, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1958. After graduation, the two men bought a house together in New York, which they named "Capricorn" & shared for over forty years.