Giovanni Mario


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(b Cagliari, 1810; d Rome, 1883).

It. tenor. Army career took him to Paris, 1836, where he was persuaded to become opera singer because of exceptional beauty of v. Début Paris Opéra 1838, title‐role in Robert le Diable. It. Opera in Paris, 1840. London début, Her Majesty's, 1839, singing there until 1846. CG 1847–71. With Giulia Grisi, his lifelong companion after 1839, Tamburini, and Lablache sang in f.p. of Don Pasquale, Paris 1843, creating Ernesto. Sang Duke in f. London p. of Rigoletto, 1853. Handsome in appearance and fine actor. Retired 1871.

Subjects: Opera.

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