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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
1O Souverain o Juge o Pere! Popularity:

Opera: Cid, LeComposer: MassenetAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Rodrigue
2Rachel quand du Seigneur Popularity:

Opera: Juive, LaComposer: HalevyAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Eléazar
3Vainement ma bien aimee Popularity:

Opera: Roi d'Ys, LeComposer: LaloAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Mylio
4Au 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
5M'appari, tutt'amor Popularity:

Opera: MarthaComposer: FlotowAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
6Padre m'abbraccia Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Walter
7E il sol dell'anima Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke/Gilda
8M'hai salvato Popularity:

Opera: Wally, LaComposer: CatalaniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
9E lucevan le stelle Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi
10Mimì è una civetta Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Mimì
11Ah! morir potessi adesso Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani/Elvira
12Duchessa Duchessa tu m'appelli Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12-1

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Federica/Rodolfo
13Anima mia piu dell usato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
14Gia parmi udire il fremito Popularity:

Opera: ObertoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo
15Le porpore regali e imperatrici Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Seneca
16T'amo t'amo ripetilo Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke/Gilda
17Udisti? Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolo/Gabriele
18Si può Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04

Type: quintetVoice: B Br T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Benoît/Marcello/Rodolfo/Colline/Schaunard
19Fior di giaggiolo Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Mz T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lola/Turiddu/Santuzza
20Le minaccie i fieri accenti Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
21Gente la dentro! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelotti/Cavaradossi
22Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-3

Type: trio,choirVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
23Al chiostro di San Giusto Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
24Evviva il Doge Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-2

Type: Voice: B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiesco/Captain/Paolo
25Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.20

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
26Vil seduttor infame figlia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-2

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Alvaro/Leonora
27Perche piangete Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Ines
28Or lasciami al lavoro Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/Tosca
29Mario Cavaradossi? Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/A Jailer
30La Regina! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Elisabeth/Thibault/Rodrigue
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