The Melodrama And Melodies Of a Singular Composer (Washington Post)

By Tim Page

Gian Carlo Menotti, who died yesterday at the age of 95, was a riot of contradictions — a supremely gifted composer who also wrote some of the tawdriest music in the literature; a charming and brilliantly innovative impresario who ended up estranged from all three of the arts festivals he founded on as many continents; a man who once created operas for Broadway and network television, and whose work is now virtually unknown among a younger generation of musicians.