De Simone, Roberto
- Matteo Sansone
(b Naples, Aug 25, 1933). Italian composer, musicologist and artistic director. He studied at the Naples Conservatory with Tita Parisi (piano) and Renato Parodi (composition). After starting a career as a pianist, he turned to composition, writing music for films, ballet and TV serials. His research interests led him to tour his native region, Campania, collecting and editing popular and religious songs. An expert on 18th-century Neapolitan opera, De Simone made his début as a director in 1979 with the revival of Vinci’s Li zite ’ngalera for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He also edited and produced Jommelli’s La schiava liberata (Naples, S Carlo, 1984), and, most significantly, Pergolesi’s Flaminio (Venice, Fenice, 1982), Adriano in Siria with the intermezzo Livietta e Tracollo (Florence, Maggio Musicale, 1985) and Lo frate ’nnamorato (Milan, Scala, 1989–90). He was artistic director of the Teatro S Carlo in Naples from ...