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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
301Vieni a mirar la cerula Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele
302Recondita armonia Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi
303Discendono vediam Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br B T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edmondo/Lescaut/Innkeeper/Chevalier/Geronte
304Meco all'altar di venere Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione
305Benedette queste carte Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Giannetta/Nemorino
306Si può Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04

Type: quintetVoice: B Br T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Benoît/Marcello/Rodolfo/Colline/Schaunard
307Gran nuova gran nuova Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke/Rigoletto/Marullo
308Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Radames
309Chi parla chi parla Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.04

Type: Voice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles:
310Celeste Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
311Legna! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.03-2

Type: quartetVoice: T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
312Gia parmi udire il fremito Popularity:

Opera: ObertoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo
313Nell argilla maledetta Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
314O mio castel paterno Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rolla
315Se quel guerrier io fossi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
316E lui desso l'infante Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Philip II
317Libiamo nè lieti calici (Brindisi) Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta
318Quanto e bella quanto e cara Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino
319Questa o quella Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
320Cielo di stelle orbato Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)/Maid/Pietro
321S'avanza il Conte Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo
322Mercé diletti amici Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
323Questa 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
324Della mia bella incognita Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
325Si corre voce che l'Etiope Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames
326Al chiostro di San Giusto Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
327Pensier profondo Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
328Tra voi belle brune e bionde Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
329Quando io leggo in Plutarco Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
330Ave sera gentile Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edmondo/Chevalier
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