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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
1Sotto una quercia parvemi Popularity:

Opera: Giovanna d'ArcoComposer: VerdiAct: 0.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo VII
2Qual notte Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.06

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Foresto
3Ella in poter del barbaro Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Foresto
4Dai campi dai prati Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust
5Come rugiada al cespite Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
6Pondo e letal martiro Popularity:

Opera: Giovanna d'ArcoComposer: VerdiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
7Questo Mar Rosso Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: trioVoice: Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Rodolfo/Colline
8Odio solo ed odio atroce Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jacopo Loredano
9Liberamente or piangi Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Odabella
10Ah! finalmente! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelotti/A Sacristan/Cavaradossi
11Tutto parea sorridere Popularity:

Opera: Corsaro, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Corrado
12Dal piu remoto esilio Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jacopo Loredano
13Ave sera gentile Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edmondo/Chevalier
14Tra voi belle brune e bionde Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
15Al chiostro di San Giusto Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
16Pensier profondo Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
17Quando io leggo in Plutarco Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
18Della mia bella incognita Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
19Si corre voce che l'Etiope Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames
20Questa e la cameriera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02-2

Type: Voice: T T Mz S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Goro/Pinkerton/Suzuki/Cio-Cio/Sharpless
21Questa o quella Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
22Quanto e bella quanto e cara Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino
23Cielo di stelle orbato Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)/Maid/Pietro
24Mercé diletti amici Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
25S'avanza il Conte Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo
26Libiamo nè lieti calici (Brindisi) Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta
27O mio castel paterno Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rolla
28Se quel guerrier io fossi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
29E lui desso l'infante Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Philip II
30Gia parmi udire il fremito Popularity:

Opera: ObertoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo
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