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Opera Conductor Rescigno Dies


Nicola Rescigno, who founded opera companies in Chicago and Dallas and conducted for the Met, has died after injuries from a fall in Italy. He was 92 and is survived by Aldo Marcoaldi, his partner of 40 years, the New York Times reported.

A native of Manhattan who studied at Julliard, Rescigno made his debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and began conducting for a touring San Carlo Opera at the age of 27. He later founded the Chicago Lyric Theater and the Dallas Opera. He was "a favorite conductor of Maria Callas," the newspaper said, and conducted for her US debut in Chicago in 1954.