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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
1Zitto lascia ch'io senta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Masetto
2Voi tutti che m'udite Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Balthazar/Léonor/Alphonse
3Viva Parpignol! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: quintetVoice: Br S Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Rodolfo
4Viva Nabucco Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: quartetVoice: S B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille/Zaccaria/Ismaele/Nabucco
5Viva la buona compagnia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br Mz B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Preziosilla/Mayor/Trabuco
6Vin ou bière Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.01

Type: recitative,choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Wagner
7Vil seduttor infame figlia Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Alvaro/Leonora
8Vieni!..Lasciami! Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.10-1

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

Roles: Barnaba/La Cieca/Alvise/Enzo/Gioconda
9Vieni o Levita Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria
10Vieni cara Susanna Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina/Figaro
11Vien Leonora a piedi tuoi Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alphonse
12Vi ravviso o luoghi ameni Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.11-3

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo
13Venti scudi hai tu detto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duke/Maddalena
14Venite pur avanti Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S S TLanguage: Italian

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

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
16Vecchia zimarra, senti Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.06

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline
17Una cuffietta a pizzi Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.05

Type: quintetVoice: S Br B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
18Tutto ora tace intorno Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
19Tutto e disposto Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro
20Tutta in voi la luce mia Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Giovanna
21Tu sul labbro dei veggenti Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria
22Tu non sai con quei begli occhi Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.11-5

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo
23Traditore! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.02-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Anna/Commendatore
24Tra quest arbori celata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni/Masetto
25Toh toh poffare il mondo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.18

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melitone
26Titurel der fromme Held Popularity:

Opera: ParsifalComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: Voice: bassLanguage: German

Roles:
27Tête folle Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
28T'allontana sciagurato Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Arturo/Edgardo/Raimondo
29Studia il passo Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Banco
30Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
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