In Loving Memory of Maestro Bruno Bartoletti (1926-2013)

“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.”

These are the words of Italian Opera conductor Bruno Bartoletti, in an interview with the “Chicago Tribune”.  And I want to make a special tribute to Maestro Bruno Bartoletti who passed away at age 86, just one day before his Birthday.

Maestro Bartoletti died on Sunday in his native Tuscany, a day before his 87th birthday.

The world of Opera lost a great conductor who helped transform the Lyric Opera of Chicago into one of the most respected Opera companies in the world.

Maestro Bruno Bartoletti conducted 55 Operas with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

He was associated with the Italian repertory like Verdi and Puccini but he also made extraordinary things for the contemporary Opera works like Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle”,  Berg’s “Wozzeck,”  Janacek’s “The Makropulos Case” and Britten’s “Billy Budd”.

Bruno Bartoletti was born June 10, 1926, in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy.

He studied the flute and piano before pursuing conducting as his career.

Maestro Bartoletti directed many Opera stars like Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Renata Tebaldi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Montserrat Caballé and Marilyn Horne, just to name a few.

One of my favorite recordings from Maestro Bartoletti is “Un Ballo in Maschera” with Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Tebaldi.

He was not only a great Opera conductor but he was also a wonderful human being.

My deepest condolences to Bruno Bartoletti’s family and to the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Rest in Peace, Maestro Bruno Bartoletti.

Thank you so much for all the beautiful things that you have done for the Opera!

The Opera lovers  will never forget you.


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