(b Palermo, 1888; d Milan, 1968).
It. baritone. Opera début Palermo 1911 (Marcello in La bohème). Sang title‐role in Falstaff at La Scala in 1921 under Toscanini; he sang it nearly 1,200 times until 1960 and his perf. is regarded as unsurpassed. Sang at CG 1926–31; Salzburg Fest. 1931–9; Glyndebourne 1936–9. Returned to London at Cambridge and Stoll Th.s' opera seasons 1946–8. Repertory of over 60 parts, incl. Iago, Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Scarpia.