Franco Mannino, Conductor and Film Composer, Dies

Classic Arts News   Franco Mannino, Conductor and Film Composer, Dies
Franco Mannino, former principal conductor and artistic advisor for Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra, died February 1 in Rome, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports. He was 80 years old.

According to the paper, he died of complications after surgery.

The Sicilian-born Mannino studied piano and composition at the Rome Conservatory, and came to Ottawa in 1982. In 1986 he was appointed principal guest conductor, a position he held until 1989.

Of working with Mannino, known for his enthusiasm and rigorous rehearsals, Ian Bernard, the orchestra's principal timpanist, said, "It was sheer emotion and a sort of tension in the rehearsal, just unbelievable. You would finish a rehearsal and you felt sort of like you had just made love. You were emotionally drained, a feeling I never had with many other conductors."

Mannino was also a composer, writing music for more than 100 films, including films by his brother in law, director Luchino Visconti. Mannino won a David di Donatello award for the score for Visconti's L'innocente.

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