Flagello, Nicolas (Oreste)
- Walter G. Simmons
(b New York, March 15, 1928; d New Rochelle, NY, March 16, 1994). American composer, conductor and pianist. He studied composition with Vittorio Giannini and conducting with Jonel Perlea at the Manhattan School of Music (MM 1950); he won a Fulbright Fellowship to continue his studies at the Accademia di S Cecilia, Rome (Diploma di studi superiori 1956). From 1950 to 1977 he was professor of composition and conducting at the Manhattan School. He was also active as a conductor at the Chicago Lyric Opera (1961) and the New York City Opera (1967), and appeared frequently as a pianist. His many recordings with the Rome SO and the Rome Chamber Orchestra span a broad repertory. Flagello’s own music represents a distillation and intensification of European post-Romanticism, tempered by an American concision of structure. His early compositions reflect close ties to 19th-century models; however, with ...