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Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

Conductor and art collector from Italy
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Intro Conductor and art collector from Italy
Countries Italy
Occupations Conductor
Gender male
Birth 4 July 1911 (Bologna)
Death 8 August 1996 (Bologna)
The details

Francesco Molinari-Pradelli (born July 4, 1911 Bologna, died July 8, 1996 Bologna) was a prominent Italian opera conductor. He studied piano and composition at Bologna, and graduated from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome in 1938. He made his debut at La Scala in 1946 and his Covent Garden debut in 1956. His account of Puccini's Turandot with Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli is commonly regarded as one of the greatest recordings of that work.


  • Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra - (Cetra, 1951)
  • Friedrich von Flotow: Martha - (Cetra, 1953)
  • Jules Massenet: Werther - (Cetra, 1953)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata - (Decca, 1954)
  • Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut - (Decca, 1954)
  • Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore - (Decca, 1955)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino - (Decca, 1955)
  • Giacomo Puccini: Tosca - (Decca, 1959)
  • The Art of the Prima Donna: "Joan Sutherland" - (Decca, 1960)
  • Giacomo Puccini: Turandot - (EMI, 1965)
  • Giacomo Puccini: La rondine - (RCA, 1966)

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