Obituary: Filmmaker & Opera Director Giuliano Montaldo Dies at 93

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Fainello Archivio Storico Fondazione Arena di Verona)

Italian film and opera director Giuliano Montaldo has died at the age of 93 in Rome, Italy.

Born on Feb. 22, 1930, Montaldo went on to become went on to become one of the most admired Italian directors of his generation. Among his most accomplished films were “Sacco & Vanzetti,” “The Reckless,” “Grand Slam,”  “And Agnes Chose to Die” and “The Gold Rimmed Glasses.” He also worked closely with composer Ennio Morricone who wrote 16 scores for Montaldo.

Montaldo also served as president of Italy’s RAI Cinema from 1999-2004 and also went on to direct opera.

Among his productions were “Turandot” in 1983 with Ghena Dimitrova; that production was revived in 1991 and 1995. He also directed “Attila” in 1985 at the Arena di Verona marking the only production of the opera on the legendary stage as well as “Il Trovatore” in 1990, “La Bohème” and “Otello” in 1994, “The Magic Flute” in 1995, “Nabucco” in 1997 and “Tosca” in 1998 and 2002.

In 2007 he was given a lifetime achievement honor at the David di Donatello Awards.

Here are his productions of “Turandot” and “Attila” at the Arena di Verona.”