Francesco Daddi


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(b Naples, 1864; d Chicago, 1945). Italian tenor, later bass. He trained as a singer and pianist at the Naples Conservatory and made his stage début at Milan in 1891. The following year at the Dal Verme he sang Beppe in the première of Pagliacci, and this was also his role in his single season at Covent Garden in 1900. He sang in the Rome première of Pietro Mascagni's Le maschere in 1901. Having become one of Italy's leading comprimario tenors, he emigrated to the USA in 1907, singing with the Manhattan Company usually in small parts but also as Corentin in Dinorah with Tetrazzini. From 1911 to 1920 he appeared regularly in Chicago, where he enjoyed considerable success in comic bass roles such as Dr Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia. His recordings, made as a tenor, include Beppe's Serenade in Pagliacci and many Neapolitan songs graced by an agreeable lyric voice and an idiomatic sense of style.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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