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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
1Te deum Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
2Arranci, datteri! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.01

Type: quartet,choirVoice: Br Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Schaunard/Rodolfo/Mimì
3Tu tu signor fra queste soglie Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller/Walter/Rodolfo
4Viva la buona compagnia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br Mz B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Preziosilla/Mayor/Trabuco
5Io so che alle sue pene Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: Br Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sharpless/Suzuki/Pinkerton
6Vivra contende il giubilo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles:
7Viva Parpignol! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: quintetVoice: Br S Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Rodolfo
8E l'ami sempre Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01

Type: quartetVoice: Br S T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Gilda/Duke/Maddalena
9Or 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
10Che avvien? Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.08-2

Type: quintetVoice: Br S T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Schaunard/Mimì/Rodolfo/Musetta/Marcello
11Oh Dio! Mimì! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.08-1

Type: quintetVoice: Br S T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Schaunard/Mimì/Rodolfo/Musetta/Marcello
12Meno male! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia/Cavaradossi
13Il trovator io fremo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: Voice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Manrico
14Dio che nell'alma infondere Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
15Solenne in quest'ora Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Alvaro
16Udisti? Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolo/Gabriele
17Son io mio Carlo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
18All'armi! Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Alvaro
19In un coupé? Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.01

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Rodolfo
20Qua la mano giovinotto Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Belcore/Nemorino
21Salute ad Ezio Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: choir,duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio/Foresto
22No non udrai rimproveri Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.13-3

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Alfredo
23Ansia eterna crudel Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lescaut/Chevalier
24Cammina adagio e li sorprenderai Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tonio/Canio/Silvio/Nedda
25Questo Mar Rosso Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: trioVoice: Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Rodolfo/Colline
26Evviva il Doge Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10

Type: recitative,choirVoice: Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Gabriele/Pietro
27Fra mortali ancora oppressa Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15-2

Type: quartetVoice: Br T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller/Rodolfo/Walter/Luisa
28A voi tutti salute! Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.20

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfio/Turiddu/Lola
29Che piu s'indugia Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio/Foresto/Odabella
30Oh! Amelia ami un nemico Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05-2

Type: Voice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)
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