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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
1Manrico? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruiz/Manrico
2O tu che in seno agli angeli Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro
3Teco io sto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
4O figli o figli miei Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff
5Ella e pura in braccio a morte Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.19-2

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

Roles: Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar/Renato/Samuel/Tom
6Fontainebleau! Foresta immensa Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
7Ma lassu ci vedremo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Elisabeth
8Sotto il sol di Siria ardente Popularity:

Opera: AroldoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aroldo/Mina
9Ben giunto o capitano Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Arminio/Massimiliano
10Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
11Ella mi fu rapita Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
12Deserto sulla terra Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
13Ah! si ch'io senta ancora Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
14Che non avrebbe il misero Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Foresto
15Come poteva un angelo Popularity:

Opera: Lombardi Prima CrociataComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oronte/Sofia
16Che v'agita cosi? Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14-2

Type: trioVoice: cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo
17Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
18Al mio pie perché Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Elisabeth
19Un patto un giuramento Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ensembleVoice: T Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles:
20No no lasciatelo Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.19-1

Type: sextet,finaleVoice: T Br S S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Amelia/Oscar/Samuel/Tom
21Signora che t'accade Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Annina/Violetta/Alfredo
22Questa o quella Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
23Anima mia piu dell usato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
24O mio castel paterno Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rolla
25Cielo pietoso rendila Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele
26Al chiostro di San Giusto Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
27Giorno di pianto Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo
28Tu tu signor fra queste soglie Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller/Walter/Rodolfo
29Se una pudica vergine Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo/Giorgio/Flora/Gastone
30Si la stanchezza m'opprime Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
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