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date: 19 January 2020

DiChiera, David locked


(b McKeesport, pa , April 8, 1935). American administrator and composer . He studied the piano and composition in Los Angeles and in 1958 went to Italy, where he was engaged in research into unpublished 18th-century Italian opera. In 1960 he returned to Los Angeles and began teaching there; he moved to Michigan in 1962 and the following year established the educational programme ‘Overture to Opera’, bringing opera performances to schools and community centres throughout the state. He founded and became director of the Michigan Opera Theatre (1971) and the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts (1973). Under DiChiera the Opera Theatre staged revivals of American operas by Gershwin, Blitzstein, Gruenberg and others, and the première of Pasatieri’s Washington Square (1976); in 1981 the company began a series of national operas, including American premières of works by Tigranyan and Moniuszko. DiChiera was president of Opera America from ...

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