Did You Know?
[remarking on jet-set conductors, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune] I cannot make music like my colleagues do, rushing from this theater to that theater all over the world, conducting a different opera every week. To present opera beautifully takes time. And love.
In 1956, the fledgling Lyric Opera of Chicago needed a conductor to replace the ailing Tullio Serafin
in several performances. Tito Gobbi
, the acclaimed Italian baritone, recommended the young Mr. Bartoletti, who was overseas. He flew across the Atlantic to make a hastily-planned U.S. debut, conducting Verdi's "Il Trovatore". It would be the first of nearly 600 performances of 55 operas with the ...