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Leopoldo Mugnone and Friday the 13th

Here’s a little Friday the 13th trivia for you, courtesy of Biography Resource Center.

Leopoldo Mugnone was the conductor of the Palermo premiere of La bohème (at the Teatro Carolino), the performance that precipitated the fame of the work (despite Mugnone’s superstitious reluctance to conduct the work on Friday the 13th). The success of the Palermo performance was such that Puccini insisted on Mugnone as the conductor of the premiere at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Mugnone, who also conducted the premier of Tosca, was born on September 29, 1858, and died on December 22, 1941. Both events took place in Naples, Italy.

Source: “Leopoldo Mugnone.” International Dictionary of Opera. 2 vols. St. James Press, 1993.

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Posted on: February 13, 2009, 5:41 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with:

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