(b Turin, 11 Jan 1893; d Milan, 17 Feb 1983). Italian bass. He studied with Arturo Pessina and made his début at the Politeama Chiarella, Turin, as the King of Egypt (Aida) in 1917. In 1924 he appeared at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome, and at the Colón, Buenos Aires, where he returned until 1930. In 1926 he made his début at La Scala in Don Carlos, and sang there, almost continuously, until 1951. He was engaged at the Metropolitan (1929–33), at Covent Garden (as Padre Guardiano in La forza del destino, 1931) and at the Paris Opéra (1935). He retired in 1955. His voice was full, mellow and even across a wide range, and he sang with a fine sense of style in a repertory extending from Sarastro to Escamillo. He was outstanding in such Italian basso cantante roles as Oroveso (Norma), Zaccaria, Ramfis, Fiesco, Mephistofele and Philip II; and in the latter part of his career he became a renowned Boris Godunov.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.