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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
91Signora che t'accade Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Annina/Violetta/Alfredo
92Qui posa il fianco Popularity:

Opera: Lombardi Prima CrociataComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giselda/Oronte/Pagano (Hermit)
93Mimì è una civetta Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Mimì
94Chi veggo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Simon/Gabriele/Fiesco
95Marcello. Finalmente! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.05

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello
96All'armi! Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Alvaro
97Non involarti seguimi Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: Voice: B S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Odabella/Foresto/Ezio
98Destatevi o pietre Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
99Un patto un giuramento Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ensembleVoice: T Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles:
100Io so che alle sue pene Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: Br Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sharpless/Suzuki/Pinkerton
101Il Conte di Sassonia Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 3.04

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

Roles: Major/Adriana/Michonnet/Prince/Maurizio/Princess
102Ah! franchigia a Floria Tosca Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/Tosca
103Te sol te sol quest anima Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Odabella/Foresto/Ezio
104Sogno o son desto Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Guido
105E lucevan le stelle Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi
106O tu che in seno agli angeli Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro
107Che piu s'indugia Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio/Foresto/Odabella
108Manon!..Des Grieux! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier/Lamplighter
109Ben giunto o capitano Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Arminio/Massimiliano
110Possente amor mi chiama Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
111Qui del padre ancor respira Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.02-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo/Enrico
112Evviva il Doge Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-2

Type: Voice: B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiesco/Captain/Paolo
113La vita e inferno all infelice Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-2

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro
114Duca Duca? Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
115Mario Cavaradossi? Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/A Jailer
116Che non avrebbe il misero Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Foresto
117Ansia eterna crudel Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lescaut/Chevalier
118Ella mi fu rapita Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
119All infelice veglio Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jacopo Foscari
120Dio ti ringrazio Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amalia/Carlo
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