Mattia Battistini


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(b Rome, 1856; d Rieti, 1928).

It. bel canto baritone of great dramatic force and vocal agility. His v. could encompass a high A and Massenet re‐wrote the ten. role in Werther for him. Début Rome 1878, London 1883. Repertory of over 80 roles. Sang in S. America 1881, but never sang in USA. Kept his vocal powers till he was over 70. Much admired as Don Giovanni and Germont père.

Subjects: Opera.

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