(b Pauda, 12 March 1865; d Brescia, 12 April 1943). Italian tenor. His teachers in Milan were Alberto Selva and Vittorio Orefice. In 1891 he made his début at Vicenza in La forza del destino, appearing at La Scala two years later as Fenton in the world première of Falstaff. He subsequently married his Nannetta, Adelina Stehle, with whom he then appeared for many years, principally in the Puccini operas. His other important première was that of Ruggero Leoncavallo's Zazà in 1900 (Dufresne), also at La Scala, where he remained until 1918. His European successes were not repeated in London where he met with a critical press in 1908. His records show a voice that often bewilders the ear, sometimes ringing, sometimes white in tone, and mixing some rather forced singing with passages of considerable delicacy.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.