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Italian operatic conductor Bruno Bartoletti was born at Sesto Fiorentino on 10 June 1926. He studied at the Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini in Florence, and in 1953 he made his conducting debut in the same city, with Verdi's Rigoletto. Before long, he was conducting throughout Italy, and was artistic director at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1957-60) and at the Rome Opera (1965-73).
Overseas, he was permanent conductor at Copenhagen Opera from 1957-60 and the Lyric Opera of Chicago from 1956, and was also invited to conduct at Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Covent Garden, Paris Opera and Teatro Colón.
Working exclusively in opera, he became known particularly for contemporary and Italian repertoire, and also taught at Siena's Accademio Chigiana.
Bruno Bartoletti died in Florence on 9 June 2013, aged eighty-six.