Gian Carlo Menotti, 95
Gian Carlo Menotti died today at a hospital in Monaco. He was 95. In the days before television became a total waste of time, NBC commissioned him to write the first opera specifically for the new medium. For many years, Amahl and the Night Visitors was played every year at Christmas and it introduced millions of people, including me, to the idea of opera. I haven’t heard it for years and thus have no adult opinion of whether it is good or not but it was a very good thing for NBC and Menotti to have done.