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Franco Ventriglia

Singer details:

Voice: Bass
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1922
Year of Death: 2012

About Franco Ventriglia:

Francesco (Franco) Ventriglia (October 20, 1922 – November 28, 2012) was an opera singer who sang bass in every major European opera house during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. He returned to the U.S. in 1978, where he continued to perform at venues including Carnegie Hall, and traveled to perform in southeast Asia, until his retirement in 2001 at age 79.

Francesco Ventriglia was born on October 20, 1922, in Fairfield, Connecticut. He grew up on a vegetable farm and graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield in 1941. He enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving in the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in the South Pacific during World War II. After returning from the war, he was working at his brother's filling station in Easton, Connecticut when Mario Pagano, a maestro de Canto at the American Theatre Wing Professional School heard from one of Ventriglia's coworkers about his singing talent. Ventriglia passed an audition and went on to attend the school on the G.I. Bill, crossing paths with classmate Marlon Brando, among others.

Ventriglia worked as an inspector at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut and sang in local concerts. After attending a few of Ventriglia's concerts in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Igor Sikorsky, a music lover, granted Ventriglia permission to take one day off from work each week to continue his voice studies in New York City.

After Pagano's death, Ventriglia and his wife Jean boarded the ocean liner SS Constitution for Italy. On board, after singing Ol' Man River for a group in first class, he met a businessman who asked him to contact Toti Dal Monte, a great coloratura soprano who also taught voice in Rome. Ventriglia took singing lessons from Dal Monte and eventually made his operatic debut in Palermo, singing in the Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He later sang with Luciano Pavarotti in La bohème and Rigoletto. He performed in Samson and Delilah at La Scala, a performance he considered the highlight of his career.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Il balen del suo sorriso Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
2Chi 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
3Pura siccome un angelo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Violetta
4Dal tuo stellato soglio Popularity:

Opera: Mose in EgittoComposer: RossiniAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mosè
5Qui posa il fianco Popularity:

Opera: Lombardi Prima CrociataComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giselda/Oronte/Pagano (Hermit)
6Ogni suo aver tal femmina Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.19

Type: quintetVoice: T T Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Gastone/Barone/Dottore/Marchese
7Giorni poveri vivea Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Ferrando
8Annina donde vieni Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: quartetVoice: T S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Annina/Violetta/Giorgio
9Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.20

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
10All'erta all'erta Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando
11Mi manca la voce Popularity:

Opera: Mose in EgittoComposer: RossiniAct: 3

Type: quintetVoice: B S B B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mosè/Sinaide/Osiride/Faraone/Aufide
12Non sapete quale affetto Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Giorgio
13Rosetta! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sergeant/Lescaut/Manon/Chevalier
14Ah! Violetta voi signor Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giorgio
15Ma quando un suon terribile Popularity:

Opera: Lombardi Prima CrociataComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pagano (Hermit)
16Te lodiamo gran Dio Popularity:

Opera: Lombardi Prima CrociataComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pagano (Hermit)/Giselda/Arvino
17Sei splendida e lucente Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.02

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Lescaut
18Ansia eterna crudel Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lescaut/Chevalier
19All armi all armi! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lescaut/Chevalier/Manon
20Che ceffi son costor Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Lescaut/Singer
21La tua ventura ci rassicura Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T B Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edmondo/Geronte/Lescaut/Innkeeper
22Lescaut!..tu qui Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier/Lescaut/Manon/Sergeant
23Presto in fila Marciate! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: recitativeVoice: B T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sergeant/Chevalier/Captain
24Poiche tu vuoi saper Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Lescaut
25Discendono vediam Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br B T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edmondo/Lescaut/Innkeeper/Chevalier/Geronte
26Cortese damigella il priego Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier/Manon/Lescaut
27Dispettosetto questo riccio Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.01

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Lescaut
28Vi prego signorina Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.07-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Geronte/Manon/Dancing Master
29E ancor silenzio! Popularity:

Opera: Lombardi Prima CrociataComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pagano (Hermit)
30Cavalli pronti avete Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lescaut/Geronte/Edmondo
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