50th Anniversary of Tullio Serafin’s Death To Get Major Celebration

By Alan Neilson

It is now 50 years since the celebrated Italian conductor Tulio Serafin passed away.

During an illustrious career that lasted over 70 years, he had a significant impact on the world of opera and on music in general. Probably he is now most clearly remembered for his association with the work of Maria Callas, and in particular their landmark recordings, which included “Lucia,” “Norma,” “Aida” and “Turandot,” among many others. To restrict his reputation in this way, however, would be to do him a great disservice as he contributed so much more, most notably to the bel canto revival, and to the development of the careers of many singers, such as Rosa Ponselle, Joan Sutherland and Magda Olivero.

Therefore, to mark the 50th anniversary of his death the “Archivio storico Tullio Serafin” is coordinating a series of events to raise awareness of the Maestro’s contribution to the world of music. The association’s aim is to involve institutions and cities from around the world, especially those with which Serafin had close ties, in developing celebratory events and initiatives, such as concerts, conferences, publications and essays, in order to remember and build upon his legacy.

To date, associations have been formed with many renowned institutions, such as The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, La Fenice, and many others.

In June performances of “La Bohème” at Opera di Roma, where Serafin served as artistic director, will form part of the celebration.