Eugenio Fernandi


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(b nr Turin, 1922; d New Jersey, 15 Aug 1991). Italian tenor. He studied in Turin with aureliano Pertile, then at the opera school of La Scala, where he began his career in small parts. He then progressed to major roles in the Italian regions before achieving success at the Metropolitan in his début there as Pinkerton in 1958; thereafter, until 1962, he was admired as Edgardo (to Callas's Lucia), Don Carlos, Faust, Rodolfo (La bohème), Radames, Enzo Grimaldi (La Gioconda) and the Italian Singer (Der Rosenkavalier). He sang to acclaim at the Vienna Staatsoper from 1958 and took the title role in Don Carlos at the Salzburg Festival (1958, 1960) under Herbert von Karajan. Walter Legge asked him to sing Calaf in Callas's 1957 recording of Turandot, and he also recorded, in 1959, the Giuseppe Verdi Requiem under Tullio Serafin. His singing on disc reveals a ringing yet plangent tenor and a fine sense of phrasing.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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