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Colzani, Anselmo

Elizabeth Forbes

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Budrio, nr Bologna, March 28, 1918; d Milan, March 19, 2006). Italian baritone. He studied in Bologna and made his début there at the Teatro Comunale in 1947 as the Herald (Lohengrin). He first sang at La Scala in 1952 as Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana) and in 1955 took part in the stage première of Milhaud’s David. He made his American début in 1956 at San Francisco as Luna, also singing Scarpia, Amonasro and Giovanni (Francesca da Rimini). In 1959 he created Marino in Luciano Chailly’s Riva delle Sirti at Monaco. He made his Metropolitan début in 1960 as Boccanegra and remained with the company for 16 seasons, singing more than 200 performances, while continuing to appear at all the leading Italian theatres. His repertory included Enrico Ashton, Riccardo (I puritani), Nabucco, Germont, Don Carlo (La forza del destino...

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Subjects: Opera ; Contemporary Music

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