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Giovanni Martinelli

(1885—1969)


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(b Montagnana, 1885; d NY, 1969).

It. tenor. Played in regimental band, where his v. was noticed by bandmaster. Début Milan 1910 in Rossini's Stabat Mater. Opera début Milan 1910 (as Ernani) after which he was engaged by Puccini to sing Dick Johnson in Eur. première of La Fanciulla del West (Rome, 1911). London début CG 1912; Amer. début Philadelphia 1913; NY Met 1913. Member of NY Met 1913–43, singing in 36 operas. Met farewell 1946 (gala concert), then taught in NY. Last appearance Seattle 1967.

Subjects: Opera.


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