Gian Carlo Menotti Archive Released on YouTube

By Francisco Salazar

A Gian Carlo Menotti archive has been created on YouTube for fans of the composer’s work.

The new channel was created with the purpose of restoring old recordings of unseen performances including rare productions of his operas, chamber music and orchestral pieces. Among the works that have already been uploaded include NBC Theatre productions of “Maria Golovin,” “Labyrinth,” and “Martins Lie.”

There is also a 1981 Spoleto Festival USA production of “The Last Savage” with costumes and sets by Beni Montresor and a production of “The Consul” with Susan Bullock. The channel also includes “The Medium” and interviews and stories about the great composer.

You can access the channel here. 

Menotti was one of the most prolific composers and librettists of his generation and is best known for writing “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and winning the Pulitzer Prize for “The Consul” and “The Saint of Bleecker Street.” He also founded the Festival dei Due Mondi and the Spoleto Festival USA.