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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
331Ecco i giocattoli di Parpignol Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.03

Type: quintetVoice: T T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Parpignol/Rodolfo/Schaunard/Colline/Marcello
332Ben giunto o capitano Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Arminio/Massimiliano
333No vendetta piu tremenda Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: trioVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Elvira/Ernani
334Qui son essi Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Amalia/Massimiliano
335Io muoio confessione! Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo/Leonora
336Vil seduttor infame figlia Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Alvaro/Leonora
337Il suon del corno alfin nel bosco Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Thibault/Elisabeth
338All'armi all'armi o Liguri Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
339A buon mercato chi vuol comprare Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.15

Type: quartetVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Trabuco
340No 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
341Siam giunti ecco la torre Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Ruiz
342Tu tu signor fra queste soglie Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller/Walter/Rodolfo
343Su fatemi largo saper vo il mio fato Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: trioVoice: B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silvano/Ulrica/Riccardo
344Arranci, datteri! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.01

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

Roles: Marcello/Schaunard/Rodolfo/Mimì
345Il 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
346Su profetessa monta il treppie Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.18-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar
347Cammina adagio e li sorprenderai Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tonio/Canio/Silvio/Nedda
348Di mi chiedeste Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wurm/Rodolfo
349Padre m'abbraccia Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Walter
350Presto in fila Marciate! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: recitativeVoice: B T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sergeant/Chevalier/Captain
351Il cenno mio di la con essi attendi Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar/Renato
352Donna per noi terribile Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Luisa
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