Carlo Bergonzi

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Carlo Bergonzi (born July 13, 1924) is an Italian tenor. He mostly performs in Italian operas, especially in the works of Giuseppe Verdi. He was noted for his very good musical skills and style.

Life and career[change | edit source]

Bergonzi was born in Vidalenzo, near Parma, Italy. He studied in Parma with Grandini. His first performance was in 1948 in Lecce, as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. For that, he sang as a baritone. After more studies, he retrained himself as a tenor. His first performance as a tenor was in 1951 in Bari, as Andrea Chenier. That same year, on the 100th anniversary of Verdi's death, he sang on Italian radio in several Verdi works, such as I Due Foscari, Giovanna d'Arco, Simon Boccanegra, etc.

He first sang at La Scala in Milan in 1953, at the Chicago Lyric Opera in 1955, the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1956, and the Royal Opera House in London in 1962.

He has sung most of the leading roles in Italian opera, notably Nemorino, Edgardo, Ernani, Macduff, Duke of Mantua, Alfredo, Riccardo, Alvaro, Carlo, Radames, Enzo, Turriddu, des Grieux, Rodolfo, Cavaradossi, Pinkerton, etc.

He made many recordings, notably a recording of Verdi's complete tenor arias. This remains a unique achievement.

Sources[change | edit source]

  • The Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia, edited by David Hamilton, Simon & Schuster, 1987.