Carlo Galeffi


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(b Malamocco, Venice, 4 June 1882; d Rome, 22 Sept 1961). Italian baritone. After studies with Giovanni Di Como, Enrico Sbriscia and Teofilo De Angelis, he made his début at the Teatro Quirino, Rome, in 1903 in Lucia di Lammermoor. His first great successes were in Palermo (1908) and at the S Carlo, Naples, in Aida and Rigoletto (1909) and during 1910 and 1911 he appeared in Lisbon, Buenos Aires, Boston and at the Metropolitan. His first appearance at La Scala was in 1912 in Don Carlos, and he sang there for 18 seasons (the last time in 1940). He was also engaged at Chicago (1919–21) and returned to Buenos Aires, where he stayed until 1952. Galeffi had a full, smooth voice with an extensive range; it was remarkable for its affecting warmth. His passionate phrasing and dramatically eloquent enunciation made him a first-rate Rigoletto and a fine Verdi interpreter generally (Nabucco, La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, Il trovatore, Don Carlos). His other important roles included Tonio and Gioachino Rossini's Figaro. He took part in the first performances of Pietro Mascagni's Isabeau (1911) and Parisina (1913), Italo Montemezzi's L'amore di tre re (1913) and Arrigo Boito's Nerone (1924), and sang at the Italian premières of Gianni Schicchi (title role, 1919, Milan) and Il tabarro (Michele, 1919, Rome).

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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