Former Miami City Ballet conductor Ottavio de Rosa dies at 91 in Dunedin

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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."

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