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(b Legnano, nr Verona, 20 July 1886; d Gorgonzola, nr Milan, 11 June 1975). Italian baritone. As a young man he emigrated to South America where he studied with Guido Capocci and made his début as Germont in La traviata at Rosario, Argentina, in 1913. He returned to Italy during World War I, singing in Rome and Milan. He extended his international reputation through Australian tours with Melba in 1924 and then with an eminent company of Italian singers in 1928 and 1932. In 1935 he sang in the world première of Pietro Mascagni's Nerone at La Scala. Other world premières included Ernst Krenek's Cefalo e Procri (1934, Venice) and G.F. Malipiero's Giulio Cesare (1936, Genoa). His wide repertory included John the Baptist, the Wanderer, Telramund and Amfortas. After the war he taught at the Ankara Conservatory, then in Prague and finally in Milan where Raffaele Ariè was among his pupils. His recordings include the leading baritone roles in Otello, Pagliacci, Tosca and Trovatore.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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