DUNEDIN, Florida (AP) - The orchestra conductor for Miami City Ballet during the company's early years has died. Ottavio de Rosa was 91.
According to his daughter-in-law, de Rosa died Wednesday at a hospice after a long illness. He had been living in Dunedin.
De Rosa played in and later conducted the orchestra at the New York City Ballet for choreographer George Balanchine. When former NYCB star Edward Villella founded the Miami ballet in 1986, de Rosa was his first choice for music director. De Rosa also held similar positions at the Pittsburgh and Boston ballets.
De Rosa remained at Miami City Ballet until his retirement in 2000. Praising de Rosa's musicianship and sensitivity to the dancers performing on stage, Villella said Monday that de Rosa was "the delight of the whole company."
You may also like...
Weird Florida: A look back at some of the strangest stories of the year
Miracle Baby: Tampa toddler has 5-organ transplant
Broke Bad: Contest winner busted in synthetic drug ring
Here kitty, kitty: Lion escapes enclosure at Pasco sanctuary
Fake Cop: Man arrested 3 times for impersonating officer
Animal tragedy: Girl's miniature horse attacked by dogs
#ShortYellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights
Kittens shot: Officer shoots kittens in front of children
Popular photo galleries:
Faces of Meth: Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers
Trayvon Martin Shooting: Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos
Hooters Winners: Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant
Rejected: Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV ***warning graphic***
Deadly sinkhole: Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole
Florida Sex Offenders: Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here
Restaurant Inspections: Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here