Italian opera mourns a major player, 62

Italian opera mourns a major player, 62


norman lebrecht

July 22, 2018

The accomplished opera house manager Carlo Majer died yesterday after a long illness. He was 62.

Born into a wealthy Milanese inustrial family, Carlo became the youngest artistic director of any opera house in Italy at the age of 35, presiding at the Teatro Regio in Torino from 1991 to 1998. He went on to head the Teatro San Carlo in Naples for three years, returning to full-time involvement in his family business.

Among his best-remembered achievements are a centennial Bohème with Pavarotti and Freni, watched by a hige television audience, and a Ronconi production of Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust.