Ezio Pinza


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(b Rome, 1892; d Stamford, Conn., 1957).

It. bass. Début Soncino, 1914 (Oroveso in Norma). After army service, made Rome début 1920 as King Mark in Tristan. Sang at La Scala 1921–4; NY Met 1926–48; CG 1930–9; Salzburg Fest. début 1934. Repertory of nearly 100 roles. A great Don Giovanni. His noble voice and fine looks were matched by dramatic ability. After his operatic career, appeared in musicals and films, notably in South Pacific on Broadway (1949).

Subjects: Opera.

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