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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
1Leb wohl du kühnes herrliches Kind Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
2Titurel der fromme Held Popularity:

Opera: ParsifalComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: Voice: bassLanguage: German

Roles:
3Oh! di qual onta aggravasi Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Abigaille
4S'oda or me Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: quartetVoice: Br Mz B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Fenena/Zaccaria/High priest
5O tu Palermo Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida
6Da quel di che t'ho veduta Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Carlo/Elvira
7Al mio furor sfuggite Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: trioVoice: Mz T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Carlo/Rodrigue
8Viva Nabucco Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: quartetVoice: S B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille/Zaccaria/Ismaele/Nabucco
9Quel vecchio maledivami Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-1

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile
10Che parli tu di morte? Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
11Mortal diletto ai Numi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
12Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
13O Signor di Fiandra arrivo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
14Se voi scacciate Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.15-3

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Guardiano
15Son pur queste mie membra Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
16Infin che un brando vindice Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
17Ah! torna Israello Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
18Lo vedremo o veglio audace Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Carlo
19Il grande inquisitor! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Inquisitor/Philip II
20Come notte a sol fulgente Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria
21A te l'estremo addio Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 0.03

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
22Toh toh poffare il mondo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.18

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melitone
23Oso lo sguardo tuo penetrar Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15-2

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Rodrigue
24Padre eterno signor Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Mayor/Leonora
25O patria Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14

Type: quintet,choir,finaleVoice: S T B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Danieli/Procida/Arrigo/Guido
26Deh! perdona deh! perdona Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Abigaille
27Furibondo Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04-1

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ismaele/Zaccaria
28Per me giunto e il di supremo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
29Grace mon Dieu Popularity:

Opera: JérusalemComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Roger
30Buona notte mia figlia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Leonora/Curra
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