Marinuzzi was born and studied in Palermo, and began his career there as well, conducting the local premieres of Tristan und Isolde in 1909, and Parsifal in 1914. He then appeared in Rome and Milan, where he conducted several local premieres (mostly Wagner operas) and many revivals of rarely performed operas such as Lucrezia Borgia, La straniera, Beatrice di Tenda and L'incoronazione di Poppea. In 1930 he conducted the world premiere of Ildebrando Pizzetti's Lo straniero.
He made guest appearances at the Paris Opéra, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Monte Carlo Opera, where he conducted the world premiere of Puccini's La rondine in 1917. He was artistic director of the Chicago Opera Association from 1919 to 1921, and the Rome Opera from 1928 to 1934.
He was reputed for his "grand style" inherited from the post-romantic tradition.
He died in Milan in 1945, aged 63.
- Barberina (Teatro Massimo, Palermo, 1903),
- Jacquerie (Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, 1918)
- Palla de' Mozzi (La Scala, Milan, 1932).
- Sinfonia in A. Sicania. Preludio & Preghiera
- Gino Marinuzzi Jr
- recording: Andrea Licata, Nuova Era 1994
- recording: Golac-Rilovic, HRT SO, Bareza Dynamic 2002
- Le guide de l'opéra, R. Mancini & J.J. Rouvereux, (Fayard, 1986), ISBN 2-213-01563-5
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