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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
1A lei son presso alfin Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.01

Type: trio,recitativeVoice: T T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fernand/Gaspar/Alphonse
2Padre eterno signor Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Mayor/Leonora
3Al suon del tamburo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: trio,choirVoice: Mz Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Preziosilla/Carlo/Mayor
4Soll ich dich Teurer nicht mehr sehn? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro/Tamino/Pamina
5Pensier profondo Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
6Al mio furor sfuggite Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: trioVoice: Mz T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Carlo/Rodrigue
7Don Giovanni a cenar teco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.20

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Commendatore
8Que voulez vous messieurs ? Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.09

Type: trioVoice: T B-Br BrLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès/Valentin
9Cosa sento! Tosto andate Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Susanna/Basilio
10Questo Mar Rosso Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: trioVoice: Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Rodolfo/Colline
11Le jour va luire Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.04

Type: trioVoice: S B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite/Méphistophélès/Faust
12E fia pur vero Elvino Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.07

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lisa/Elvino/Rodolfo/Alessio
13Ferma crudele Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani/Elvira
14Ah! taci ingiusto core Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.02-1

Type: trioVoice: B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Elvira
15Ma chi vien? Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo/Barnaba/Laura
16Vil seduttor infame figlia Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Alvaro/Leonora
17Che mai si fa nel suol francese Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-2

Type: trioVoice: S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Eboli/Rodrigue
18Ah! qual colpo inaspettato Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trioVoice: T Br cA/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Figaro/Rosina
19Elvino..Elvino.. Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.18-2

Type: trioVoice: S S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amina/Lisa/Rodolfo
20Paolo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06-1

Type: trioVoice: Br Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Paolo/Maria (Amelia)
21Sire io ti deggio Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.10

Type: sextet,choirVoice: Mz Br B S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Léonor/Alphonse/Balthazar/Inès/Gaspar/Fernand
22Oh!...Essa!...Musetta! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.06

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

Roles: Rodolfo/Schaunard/Colline/Marcello/Alcindoro/Musetta
23Orsu Fernando ascoltami Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.11

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

Roles: Alphonse/Léonor/Gaspar/Inès/Fernand/Balthazar
24Chi trattiene il mio furore Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11-2

Type: sextetVoice: T Br S B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo/Enrico/Lucia/Raimondo/Alisa/Arturo
25Chi mi frena in tal momento Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11-1

Type: sextetVoice: S Mz T Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Alisa/Edgardo/Enrico/Raimondo/Arturo
26Riconosci in questo amplesso Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.07-1

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

Roles: Marcellina/Don Curzio/Figaro/Count/Susanna/Bartolo
27Sola sola in buio loco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

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

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
28Mille torbidi pensieri Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.09-2

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

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
29Io l'ho perduta Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rodrigue
30Seigneur daignez permettre Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.03

Type: recitative,choirVoice: B-Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Marguerite
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