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Marco Tutino was born in Milan in 1954 and graduated from the Conservatory of his native city with degrees in flute and composition.
He made his debut as a composer in 1976 at the Gaudeamus Festival in Holland, and later took part in the most important contemporary music festivals, including the Venice Biennale, the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arteof Montepulciano, Musique Vivante of Paris and theFestival Pontino.
Tutino has composed chamber and orchestral works for the orchestra of the Italian National Radio (RAI) as well as for the major concert organizations of Italy (Santa Cecilia, Unione Musicale, Pomeriggi Musicali, et al.) and abroad (BBC, Symphony Orchestras of Radio Berlin and of Copenhagen). He has also composed on invitation from conductors, including Chailly and Sinopoli.
Tutino's first opera, Pinocchio, was composed in 1984 and premièred at the Genoa Opera. It was subsequently performed in Vienna. 
In 1987 Tutino composed Cirano on commission from the Laboratorio Lirico of Alessandria; it was greeted with extraordinary public acclaim, unique in the postwar period, according to critics. Cirano was revived in 1990 with a new production for the season of the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona. Toward the end of 1989, Tutino composed Vite Immaginarie, in a concert version, for the Musica Insieme series at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna. After its 1990 stage debut in Modena the opera received some forty performances in various theatres.
In September, 1990 Tutino's latest opera, La lupa, commissioned by the Comitato Estate Livornese to celebrate the centenary of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, received its world première at Livorno. The two operas were performed on a single program and La lupa won great public acclaim.