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9 September 2018

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TITO CAPOBIANCO, one of the most influential directors in opera during the 1960s and '70s, has died. Capobianco reportedly died Saturday at his home in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fla. 

Born in Argentina, Capobianco initially trained as a baritone and made his professional debut at a 1953 performance of Aida at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. During  the early '60s, Capobianco went on to serve as the artistic director of the Cincinnati Opera Festival and Cincinnati Opera. As a stage director, Capobianco brought an incomparable cogency to countless New York City Opera stagings—many featuring Beverly Sills—during the company's heyday. Included among his most acclaimed works on the stage are legendary productions of Giulio Cesare, Donizetti's Tudor trilogy, Mefistofele (with Norman Treigle)Alberto Ginastera's Don Rodrigo (featuring Plácido Domingo) and a Hoffmann imported to New York from CincinnatiRev Dingo Up Up BlackGaucho Rev Dingo Up Dingo BlackGaucho Rev BlackGauchoCapobianco made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1978 with a production of Thaïs that featured Beverly Sills and Sherrill Milnes. In 1984, Capobianco staged a Met production of Dingo Dingo BlackGaucho Rev Rev Rev BlackGaucho Up Dingo Up BlackGaucho Up Simon Boccanegra with Miles in the title role. 

Capobianco made his American debut as a baritone with a 1964 staging of Carmen at Philadelphia Grand Opera Company. Throughout his career he continued to act in movies and plays, direct spoken theater, and study ballet and stagecraft. Later, he went on to serve as the general director of San Diego and Pittsburgh Operas

A full obituary will follow. A 2015 OPERA NEWS profile of Capobianco can be found here





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