Retiring in March 2003 from more than three decades with the Australian Opera, Carlo Felice Cillario stood among the most singer-friendly of conductors. A presence on many recorded opera recitals, Cillario was a frequent visitor to the studio, as well as a reassuring conductor of opera performances in many parts of Europe, North and South America, and Australia. Moving with his Italian-born parents to Bologna, Italy, in 1923, Cillario brought with him the results of his violin training in Buenos Aires. He studied at the Conservatorium in Bologna, intending to become a soloist. A broken wrist suffered in a soccer game, however, presaged Cillario's entry into conducting. In 1942, he was engaged as a conductor at the opera in Odessa and later led orchestral concerts in Italy and Buenos Aires. Not long into his conducting career, he elected ...
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