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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
301L'onda de suoni mistici Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Ruiz
302Chi l'ha richiesto Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.09

Type: quintet,choirVoice: B Br T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Schaunard/Rodolfo/Marcello/Musetta
303Lallarallara la la Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino/Adina
304Odio solo ed odio atroce Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jacopo Loredano
305Si può Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04

Type: quintetVoice: B Br T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Benoît/Marcello/Rodolfo/Colline/Schaunard
306Mio Carlo a te la spada Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Count of Lerma/Carlo/Inquisitor
307Te sol te sol quest anima Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Odabella/Foresto/Ezio
308Basta basta o fedeli Popularity:

Opera: ObertoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cuniza/Riccardo
309All'armi all'armi o Liguri Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
310Ecco la spada Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13-1

Type: trioVoice: T Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Simon/Paolo
311Pensier profondo Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
312Cammina adagio e li sorprenderai Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tonio/Canio/Silvio/Nedda
313Io resto Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05

Type: quartetVoice: T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
314Notte perpetua notte Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jacopo Loredano
315Che ora sia Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: T Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Schaunard/Colline
316Oh! Amelia ami un nemico Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05-2

Type: Voice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)
317Signori oggi d'Ulrica Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-2

Type: quintetVoice: T S Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar/Renato/Samuel/Tom
318Viva Parpignol! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: quintetVoice: Br S Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Rodolfo
319Gavotta! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: B Br Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Schaunard/Rodolfo
320Che bosco e quello Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04?

Type: ensembleVoice: B Br S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles:
321Ah! dessa e la Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar
322Schiudi inferno inghiotti Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: quartetVoice: T B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Banco/Macbeth/Lady McB
323Quando io leggo in Plutarco Popularity:

Opera: Masnadieri, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
324Eccomi prigioniero Popularity:

Opera: Corsaro, IlComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
325Ella e pura in braccio a morte Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.19-2

Type: sextetVoice: T S S Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar/Renato/Samuel/Tom
326Fra mortali ancora oppressa Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15-2

Type: quartetVoice: Br T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller/Rodolfo/Walter/Luisa
327Orgia, chimera dall'occhio vitreo Popularity:

Opera: EdgarComposer: PucciniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
328No 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
329Al mio pie perché Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Elisabeth
330Che avvien? Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.08-2

Type: quintetVoice: Br S T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Schaunard/Mimì/Rodolfo/Musetta/Marcello
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