Gian Carlo Menotti was born in Italy but moved to the United States in the 1920s, where he enrolled at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. Completing his first opera aged only ten, Menotti soon became enormously successful in the United States as a composer of operatic works in the English language. His best known work is the Christmas classic 'Amahl and the Night Visitors', which was written for television in 1951. His first full-length opera, 'The Consul', won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954, and over the years Menotti has received many honours and awards. In the early 1970s Menotti bought Yester House, the East Lothian country seat of the Marquesses of Tweeddale. The artist has chosen to portray him at home in Yester, amidst personal items and references to Italian art.