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Cesare Siepi

Singer details:

Voice: Bass
Nationality: Italian
Year of Birth: 1923
Year of Death: 2010

About Cesare Siepi:

Cesare Siepi (10 February 1923 – 5 July 2010) was an Italian opera singer, generally considered to have been one of the finest basses of the post-war period. His voice was characterised by a deep, warm timbre, a full, resonant, wide-ranging lower register with relaxed vibrato, and a ringing, vibrant upper register. Although renowned as a Verdian bass, his tall, striking presence and the elegance of phrasing made him a natural for the role of Don Giovanni. He can be seen in that role on a famous 1954 film of the opera made during an edition of the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Wilhelm Furtwängler.

Born in Milan (his year of birth is debated between 1919 and 1923, though 1923 is given as official), he began singing as a member of a madrigal group. He often claimed to have been largely self-taught, having attended the music conservatory in his home city for just a short time. His operatic career was interrupted by World War II. After his debut in 1941 (in Schio, near Venice, as Sparafucile in Rigoletto), Siepi, an opponent of the fascist regime, fled to Switzerland.

After the end of the war his career immediately took off. Success as Zaccaria in Nabucco at La Fenice in Venice was followed by the first of many engagements at La Scala, Milan. His early engagements there were in the Verdi bass roles, the title role in Boito's Mefistofele under Arturo Toscanini, as Colline in La bohème, and in La Gioconda, La favorite, and I puritani.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1La ci darem la mano Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni
2Madamina il catalogo e questo Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
3Non piu andrai Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro
4Don Giovanni a cenar teco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.20

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Commendatore
5Ella giammai m'amò Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
6Don Basilio! Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.09

Type: quintetVoice: cA/Mz T Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Count/Figaro/Bartolo/Basilio
7Se vuol ballare Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro
8Deh! vieni alla finestra Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni
9Fin ch'han dal vino Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni
10Dunque io son Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.19

Type: duetVoice: Br cA/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Rosina
11Notte e giorno faticar Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
12In diesen heil'gen Hallen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
13Son lo spirito Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mefistofele
14Ah! chi mi dice mai Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Leporello/Giovanni
15Vedro mentr'io sospiro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
16Il lacerato spirito Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 0.04

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiesco
17O tu Palermo Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida
18Cinque..dieci..venti Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: duetVoice: B-Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Susanna
19Vi ravviso o luoghi ameni Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.11-3

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo
20O Mimì, tu più non torni Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.02

Type: quartetVoice: T Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Schaunard/Colline
21Dio di Giuda! Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
22Vecchia zimarra, senti Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.06

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline
23La calunnia e un venticello Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.16

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Basilio
24Ecco il mondo Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mefistofele
25Infelice e tuo credevi Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva
26Leb wohl du kühnes herrliches Kind Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
27Ave Signor Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 0

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mefistofele
28Aprite un po'quegli occhi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro
29Crudel perche finora Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Count
30Mi par d'esser con la testa Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.27

Type: Voice: cA/Mz B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Basilio/Count/Figaro
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