Pasquale Amato


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(b Naples, 21 March 1878; d Jackson Heights, NY, 12 Aug 1942). Italian baritone. He studied in Naples and made his début there in 1900 as Germont. Soon in much demand, he sang at Covent Garden (1904) and at La Scala with Arturo Toscanini (1907–8), where he was the first Italian Golaud and also premièred the role of Folco in Francesco Cilea's Gloria (1907), before making his début at the Metropolitan Opera as Germont in La traviata on 20 November 1908. He quickly established himself there and remained a member of the company until 1921, singing all the principal roles of the Italian repertory, as well as Valentin, Escamillo and many other French parts, and Kurwenal and Amfortas in German. He often sang with Caruso; they appeared together in the 1910 première of Giacomo Puccini's La fanciulla del West, in which Amato sang Jack Rance. He also created the title role in Walter Damrosch's Cyrano de Bergerac (1913) and Napoleon in Umberto Giordano's Madame Sans-Gêne (1915). His voice was of fine quality and extensive range, with brilliant resonance in the upper register; he made himself into a reliable and complete artist in every respect. His qualities are well shown in a long series of recordings, at first for the Italian firm of Fonotipia (1907–10) and subsequently for Victor (1911–15) and Homocord (1924); the Victor series, made in Amato's prime, includes some notable Verdi duets with Caruso, Gadski and Hempel.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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