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Carlo Bergonzi

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: Italian
Year of Birth: 1924
Year of Death: 2014

About Carlo Bergonzi:

Carlo Bergonzi (13 July 1924 – 25 July 2014) was an Italian operatic tenor. Although he performed and recorded some bel canto and verismo roles, he was above all associated with the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, including a large number of the composer's lesser known works that he helped revive. Additionally, he sang more than forty other roles throughout his career. Bergonzi is considered one of the 20th century’s most distinguished operatic tenors.

Bergonzi was born in Polesine Parmense, near Parma in Northern Italy, on 13 July 1924. He was an only child. He later claimed he saw his first opera, Verdi’s Il trovatore, when he was six years old. He sang in church, and soon he began to appear in children's opera roles in Busseto, a nearby town. After he left school at age 11 he began working in a Parma cheese factory. His father worked there too, and Carlo often got into trouble for singing.

At the age of 16, he began his vocal studies as a baritone at Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma with Maestro Ettore Campogalliani.

During World War II, Bergonzi became involved in anti-Nazi activities and was interned in a German prisoner-of-war camp in 1943. Two years later, he was freed by the Russians and walked 106 km in order to reach an American camp. However, while on his way, he drank unboiled water and contracted typhoid fever, from which he recovered within a year. After the war he returned to the Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma, weighing just over 36 kilograms (80 pounds).

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1A buon mercato chi vuol comprare Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.15

Type: quartetVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Trabuco
2A mezzanotte ai giardin Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
3A te scegli seguimi Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani
4A voi tutti salute! Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.20

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfio/Turiddu/Lola
5Ah! affe madamigella Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.09

Type: trioVoice: S B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Geronte/Chevalier
6Ah! che la morte ognora Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03-2

Type: duet,choirVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico
7Ah! dessa e la Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar
8Ah! finalmente! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelotti/A Sacristan/Cavaradossi
9Ah! franchigia a Floria Tosca Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/Tosca
10Ah! la paterna mano Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff
11Ah! morir potessi adesso Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani/Elvira
12Ah! non v'avvicinate Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
13Ah! per sempre o mio bell'angiol Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Leonora
14Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
15Ah! quegli occhi Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
16Ah! si ben mio Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
17Ah! si ch'io senta ancora Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
18Ah! Violetta voi signor Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giorgio
19Ai nostri monti ritorneremo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.13

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
20Ai perigli della guerra Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino/Belcore
21Al chiostro di San Giusto Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
22Al mio pie perché Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Elisabeth
23Alfredo Alfredo di questo core Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.21

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
24Alfredo voi Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
25All infelice veglio Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jacopo Foscari
26All'armi all'armi o Liguri Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
27All'armi! Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Alvaro
28Amaro sol per te m'era il morire Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
29Amore o grillo Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04-1

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Sharpless
30Ancora un passo or via Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Goro
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