Leone Giraldoni

(b. 1824)

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(b Paris, 1824; d Moscow, 19 Sept/1 Oct 1897). Italian baritone, father of Eugenio Giraldoni. He studied in Florence, making his début in 1847 at Lodi. After singing in Florence and, from 1855, at La Scala, he created the title role of Simon Boccanegra at La Fenice in 1857 and Renato in Un ballo in maschera at the Teatro Apollo, Rome, in 1859. He also sang other Verdi roles, notably Count di Luna (Il trovatore). In 1877 he sang Gioachino Rossini's Figaro at La Scala, and in 1878 at Cagli he took part in the first performance of Agostino Mercuri's Il violino del diavolo, written for his wife, Carolina Ferni, a virtuoso violinist as well as a singer. He created the title role of Gaetano Donizetti's posthumously produced Il duca d'Alba at the Teatro Apollo, Rome (1882), and after his retirement in 1885 taught singing in Moscow. A sensitive artist, he had a rich, high-lying voice.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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