Francesco Molinari Pradelli was from Bologna and owned a villa in the neighbor of Castenaso, called Villa Marana, which hosts still today his precious private art collection.
Born in Bologna in 1911, where he studied piano and composition, Francesco Molinari Pradelli completed his studies in conducting in Rome in 1938.
The following year, he made his debut in Bologna with “Elisir d’amore”, to great success, beginning an international career which led to performances in all the most important theatres in the world and recordings of various works, mostly from the repertoires of Verdi and Puccini, always with exceptional musicians.
A member of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, the Maestro was also well-known as a keen art-collector.
He died in Bologna in 1996.