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Anselmo Colzani

Singer details:

Voice: Baritone
Nationality: Italian
Year of Birth: 1918
Year of Death: 2006

About Anselmo Colzani:

Anselmo Colzani (March 28, 1918, Budrio – March 19, 2006, Milan) was an Italian operatic baritone who had an international opera career from the late 1940s through 1980. He particularly excelled in the Italian repertory and was most associated with the works of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. He began his career in Italy in 1947 where he quickly became a regular presence at that country's best opera houses, including La Scala. In the mid-1950s he began appearing at major opera houses throughout Europe and the United States. In 1960 he joined the roster at the Metropolitan Opera where he spent most of his time through 1978. Opera News commented that while his voice may have "lacked the sheer beauty , his performances had an Italianate urgency and forthright thrust that were unique, which established himself as a powerful, striking presence."

Leandro was born in Budrio, near Bologna, Italy into a family of talented amateur musicians. His parents encouraged him in musical pursuits as a child but he did not pursue seriously until years later. In 1936, at the age of eighteen, he joined the Italian Army where he served during World War II. It wasn't until towards the end of the war that he started pursuing serious studies with Corrado Zambelli in Bologna.

Colzani made his stage debut in 1947 at the Teatro Comunale Bologna, as the Herald in Wagner's Lohengrin alongside Renata Tebaldi who was making her first appearance at that opera house singing Elsa. A few years later he was invited back to that house to sing the title role in Verdi's Rigoletto, a performance which greatly rose his profile as an opera singer. His career truly took off with his 1952 debut at La Scala in Milan, as Alfio in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, other roles included de Sirex in Giordano's Fedora, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, Marcello in Puccini's La bohème, and Telramund in Lohengrin among others. He took part in the creation of Darius Milhaud's David, in 1955, and sang Thoas in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride, opposite Maria Callas in 1957. He made his first appearance at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in 1954 as Telramund and returned there many times throughout his career. In 1955 he made his first appearance at the Baths of Caracalla music festival as Severo in Donizetti's Poliuto. He also appeared regularly at the opera houses in Genoa, Naples, Palermo, and at the Verona Arena.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Maddalena di Coigny Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Maddalena/Andrea/Incredible
2Solenne in quest'ora Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Alvaro
3Cruda funesta smania Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.04

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Normanno
4Pari siamo Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto
5Ciel! mio Padre! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
6Carlo Gérard Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B/Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maddalena/Mathieu/Carlo
7Nedda! Silvio! Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.12-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nedda/Silvio/Tonio
8Salvator della patria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/King of Egypt
9Un grande spettacolo Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
10Oh! Il Signore vi manda Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.16-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Alfio
11Enzo Grimaldo principe di Santafior Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo
12Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
13Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
14O monumento Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba
15Ecco il monologo Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Michonnet
16Pescator affonda l'esca Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba
17Gia mi dicon venal Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.12-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
18Ha piu forte sapore Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.02-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia/Spoletta
19Orsu Tosca parlate Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia/Tosca
20Tosca finalmente mia Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.18

Type: ensembleVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Scarpia
21Morir tremenda cosa! Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
22Un tal baccano in chiesa Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
23So ben che difforme Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.11-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tonio/Nedda
24E cantan su lor tombe Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.03

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba/Gioconda
25Il Principe di Bouillon Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.02

Type: septetVoice: Br B T T B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Michonnet/Quinault/Poisson/The Abbé/Prince/Jouvenot/Dangeville
26Io muoio confessione! Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo/Leonora
27Vedi le man giunte io stendo Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.14-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Spoletta/Scarpia
28So ch'ella dorme Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Michonnet/Adriana
29Cammina adagio e li sorprenderai Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tonio/Canio/Silvio/Nedda
30Eccoci soli alfin Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Michonnet
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