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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
181Ridarti il sol la vita! Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 4.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Enzo
182Bella figlia dell'amore Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
183Giovanna ho dei rimorsi Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Duke
184Signor sargente Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giannetta/Belcore/Nemorino
185Ecco la spada Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13-1

Type: trioVoice: T Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Simon/Paolo
186Cielo di stelle orbato Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)/Maid/Pietro
187Cielo pietoso rendila Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele
188Qual notte Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.06

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Foresto
189Che non avrebbe il misero Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Foresto
190Ella in poter del barbaro Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Foresto
191Amaro sol per te m'era il morire Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
192E non giungono Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
193Ah! quegli occhi Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
194Mario Mario son qui! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
195Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fenton/Nannetta/Alice
196E la solita storia del pastore Popularity:

Opera: ArlesianaComposer: CileaAct: 2.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Federico
197Dall aule raggianti di vano Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12-2

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Federica/Rodolfo
198Duchessa Duchessa tu m'appelli Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12-1

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Federica/Rodolfo
199Lontano lontano lontano Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust/Margherita
200Forma ideal purissima Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 4

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust/Elena
201Dai campi dai prati Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust
202Giunto sul passo estremo Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust
203Che piu s'indugia Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio/Foresto/Odabella
204Salute ad Ezio Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: choir,duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio/Foresto
205Ah! morir potessi adesso Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani/Elvira
206Dell esiglio nel dolore Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
207Come rugiada al cespite Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
208Tutto ora tace intorno Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
209Mercé diletti amici Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
210Cielo e mar Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo
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