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ANTON COPPOLA CELEBRATES A LIFETIME IN MUSIC

Anton Coppola, a native New Yorker, was honored Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by the Italian Center for
Commercial Affairs (ICCA) and the Columbus Citizens Foundation.  Enzo Pizzimenti, CEO of ICCA chose the prestigious Columbus Citizens Foundation as the venue for this historic event.  The occasion was dedicated to celebrate Anton Coppola’s distinguished career in music that spanned an unprecedented eight decades. 
The evening began with a cocktail reception followed by a concert featuring excerpts of Anton Coppola’s opera Sacco and Vanzetti.  Among the distinguished guests were, Matilde Cuomo, mother of Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State and the Honorable Natalia Quintavalle, Counsel General of Italy in New York.

Among a lifetime of protean activities it included the conducting of many regional opera companies and Broadway musicals, of which the most notable were, the world premieres of Lizzie Borden, Of Mice and Men, Bravo Giovanni and The Boyfriend.

At the invitation of his nephew, Francis Ford Coppola, he conducted the film scores of Dracula and the opera sequences in Godfather III.  For over fifteen years he conducted the symphony and opera departments of the Manhattan School of Music where he instituted the Master’s course in conducting. 
The last eighteen years of his career were dedicated to Opera Tampa as artistic director and conductor. Among his compositions are a symphony, a violin concerto, a comic opera and the tragic opera Sacco and Vanzetti.

Anton Coppola and his wife, Almerinda Drago, a former ballerina, are the parents of a son, Bruno Coppola and a daughter, Lucia Coppola