Imre Palló


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(b Matisfalva, 23 Oct 1891; d Budapest, 25 Jan 1978). Hungarian baritone. After studying at the Budapest Academy of Music under Georg Anthes, and later in Italy with Mario Sammarco, he made his Royal Hungarian Opera début in 1917, as Alfio, and was soon its leading interpreter of lyric baritone roles. He sang with refined diction and velvety tone, his voice showing good balance in all registers, and he also possessed an imposing stage presence; all these qualities were notably displayed in his Verdi roles, especially Posa, Luna, Falstaff (the first in Hungary) and Simon Boccanegra. His peasant origins were advantageous in Kodály – he created the title role in Háry János (1926) and the Suitor in Székely fonó (‘The Spinning Room’, 1932). In 1935 he took part in Lodovico Rocca's Il dibuk in Rome. From 1957 to 1959 he was Intendant of the Hungarian State Opera.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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