Anton Coppola, Opera Conductor in Filmmaking Clan, Dies at 102

Mar 11, 2020 369

BY: Daniel J. Wakin

Anton Coppola, who appeared in the children’s chorus for the 1926 American premiere of Puccini’s uncompleted “Turandot,” conducted his own ending to the work some nine decades later, and in between had one of the longest careers as a maestro in modern times, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 102.

His daughter, Lucia Coppola, confirmed his death. Mr. Coppola was the elder statesman of the Coppola movie clan, which includes Francis Ford Coppola (nephew), Talia Shire (niece), Nicolas Cage (grandnephew) and Sofia Coppola (grandniece). His brother Carmine, who died in 1991, wrote music for his own son Francis Ford’s three “Godfather” movies as well as “Apocalypse Now” (1979).

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