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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
331Signor sargente Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giannetta/Belcore/Nemorino
332Oh! meschina! oh fato orrendo! Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.13

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo
333Qua la mano giovinotto Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.06-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Belcore/Nemorino
334Or se m'ami come io t'amo Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.07-2

Type: quartetVoice: Br S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Belcore/Adina/Nemorino/Giannetta
335Lallarallara la la Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.16-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino/Adina
336Esulti pur la Barbara Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.16-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Nemorino
337Una furtiva lagrima Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino
338Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.14

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo/Raimondo
339Principessa finalmente Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maurizio/Princess
340Il 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
341Ma dunque e vero Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Maurizio
342L'anima ho stanca Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maurizio
343La dolcissima effigie Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maurizio
344E la solita storia del pastore Popularity:

Opera: ArlesianaComposer: CileaAct: 2.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Federico
345M'hai salvato Popularity:

Opera: Wally, LaComposer: CatalaniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
346Forma ideal purissima Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 4

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust/Elena
347Dai campi dai prati Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust
348Giunto sul passo estremo Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust
349Lontano lontano lontano Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust/Margherita
350Au fond du temple saint (Pearl Fishers Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir/Zurga
351Meco all'altar di venere Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione
352Vanne si mi lascia indegno Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.27

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
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