Marco Tutino

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Marco Tutino (born May 30, 1954) is an Italian composer. His emergence during the late 1970s was as the spearhead of an Italian Neo-Romantico group, founded with two other composers, Lorenzo Ferrero and Carlo Galante.

He has composed operas, chamber music and symphonic works which have been performed by important Italian orchestras and concert societies. Some have been performed by music institutions in other countries, notably the BBC Philharmonic, The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Radio Symphony Orchestra, The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

During the first part of his career, he showed a fixation with themes involving children. His first opera, performed in 1985 at the Genoa Opera, was a morbid, melancholic version of Pinocchio. In 1987, his second opera, Cyrano, was composed for an Opera Workshop in Alessandria (Piedmont, Italy). It was loosely based on Rostand's drama, and intended as a showcase for Laura Cherici, a soprano who would become his inspiration and long-time partner. In September 1990 he presented a new opera in Livorno, La Lupa, commissioned by Alberto Paloscia (to whom the opera was eventually dedicated) to further the cause of verismo on the 100th Anniversary of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. The most notable feature of the opera was the insertion of a recording of Italian pop singer Peppino di Capri, which caused quite a sensation.

At a later stage Tutino's works were conceived so as to deflate attention from their style; rather, they aimed at obtaining a politically correct and socially relevant consensus – as shown by his participation to the collective Requiem Mass for the Victims of the Mafia given in Palermo in March 1993, on the eve of judges Borsellino and Falcone's mafia killings, or by works like Song of Peace, and Vita ("Life") – a free operatic rendering of Mike Nichols's movie Wit, dealing with illness and death.

He has composed instrumental works as well, among which are the Sinfonietta for the Moscow-Montpellier Soloists (1994), Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1995), and The Last Eagle, a flute concerto performed by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Tutino has also composed a ballet, Richard III; a musical comedy, Il gatto con gli stivali (Puss in Boots); and a Kyrie and Agnus Dei for the Jubilaeum celebrations at the Vatican in August, 2000, thereby disclosing a hitherto unknown religious commitment.

In the early 1990s Tutino decided to turn to the artistic directorships of Italian musical institutions. From 1991 to 1994 he programmed for the Pomeriggi Musicali chamber orchestra in Milan, afterwards was invited as composer-in-residence at Arena di Verona, then became artistic director of Teatro Regio di Torino, and since 2006, he is doubling as general and artistic manager of Teatro Comunale di Bologna.


  • Deaglio, Enrico (March 25, 1993). "Music in memory of the Mafia's victims". The Guardian (London). p. 9. 
  • Loomis, George (May 20, 2003). "Vita La Scala Piccolo, Milan". Financial Times (London). p. 12. 
  • Tutino on his publisher's website

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