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9 September 2018

Tito Capobianco, 87, Groundbreaking Director During New York City Opera's Heyday, has Died 

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 as a singer 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, and he made his American directorial debut with a 1964 staging of Carmen at Philadelphia Grand Opera Company. As a director, Capobianco went on to bring 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 Cincinnati. Capobianco 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 Simon Boccanegra with Milnes in the title role. 

Throughout his career Capobianco 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 herespacer 

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