Amedeo Bassi


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(b Montespertoli, nr Florence, 29 July 1874; d Florence, 15 Jan 1949). Italian tenor. He trained in Florence, making his début at Castelfiorentino in Filippo Marchetti's Ruy Blas in 1897. After travelling widely in Italy he sang with great success in South America, where he performed regularly until 1912. He joined the Manhattan Opera Company in 1906 and made his Covent Garden début the following year; he returned in 1911 for the British première of La fanciulla del West, in which he also sang at the first performances in Rome and Chicago. At Monte Carlo in 1905 he participated in the première of Pietro Mascagni's Amica and in Naples the following year that of Frédéric d’Erlanger's Tess; he was also in the first American performance of Ermanno Wolf-Ferra's I gioielli della Madonna (1912). In the 1920s at La Scala he began a second career, as an admired Wagnerian tenor. He taught in Florence where Ferruccio Tagliavini was among his pupils. Early recordings show a powerful voice produced in the typical verismo style.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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