(b Voghera, nr Pavia, 6 Jan 1861; d Milan, 20 March 1917). Italian tenor. His voice was discovered during military service. He made his début at the Teatro Dal Verme, Milan, in 1886 as Alfredo, and sang in leading houses throughout Italy and Spain. In 1890 he was a member of the distinguished Italian company that visited Buenos Aires, and the following year made his début at La Scala. He was Giacomo Puccini's choice for the coveted role of Cavaradossi in the première of Tosca (1900, Rome), which he also sang at Covent Garden (1901, 1905) and the Metropolitan. In New York he was an admired Radames, and in 1902 sang the title role in the house première of Ernani. In his last seasons at La Scala his roles included Max in Der Freischütz (1905) and Licinius in Gaspare Spontini's La vestale (1909). He made no commercial recordings, but a few fragments from Tosca recorded on cylinder at the Metropolitan carry dramatic conviction and ring out well on the high notes.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.