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Gino Penno

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: Italian
Year of Birth: 1920
Year of Death: 1998

About Gino Penno:

Gino Penno (1920–1998) was an Italian tenor, who enjoyed a short but brilliant career in opera in the 1950s.

Penno was born in Felizzano, Italy, and studied with Ettore Campogalliani. After winning a singing competition, he entered the Scuola di Canto of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. While still a student, he sang a number of comprimario roles, and appeared in his first leading role in 1950, Floreski in Cherubini's Lodoiska.

In the early 1950s, he became known throughout Italy, as a highly competent heldentenor, singing Siegfried at the Verona Arena and Lohengrin in Rome. He also partnered the new diva Maria Callas in Norma, Macbeth, Il trovatore, and Medea, in various theatres in Italy.

In 1951, his career took an international turn. He appeared at the Paris Opéra, the Liceo in Barcelona, the Monte Carlo Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Royal Opera House in London.

By the end of the 1950s he was gone from the international opera scene. The reason of his retirement is unknown, different sources adduce health problems, a loss of voice, or a wish for a career as a lawyer!

Penno died in Milan, on February 8, 1998, aged 77.

He can be heard on a few radio broadcasts from RAI, notably Ernani and Attila, opposite Caterina Mancini, and Macbeth, with Callas.

Penno lost his voice during a Trovatore at the Met in 1956. He was barely able to continue the performance. Though he appeared once more that season as a last minute replacement for Kurt Baum after the latter cancelled a Forza del destino following act two, it was the end of his American career and it would seem the end of his career on the major opera house circuit.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Das susse Lied verhallt Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa/Lohengrin
2Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
3Deserto sulla terra Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
4Ti scosta Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
5Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
6Cielo pietoso rendila Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele
7Che non m'inganna quel fioco lume Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
8Schiudi inferno inghiotti Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: quartetVoice: T B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Banco/Macbeth/Lady McB
9Che bosco e quello Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04?

Type: ensembleVoice: B Br S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles:
10Cantan felici Popularity:

Opera: AroldoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aroldo/Briano
11Di destarlo per tempo il Re Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Banco/Macduff
12Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
13Ferma crudele Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani/Elvira
14Nessun demone niun Dio Popularity:

Opera: AroldoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: trioVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Godvino/Egberto/Aroldo
15Mercé diletti amici Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
16Non involarti seguimi Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: Voice: B S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Odabella/Foresto/Ezio
17O figli o figli miei Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff
18Manrico? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruiz/Manrico
19L'usato messo Ruiz invia Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
20O tu che in seno agli angeli Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro
21Le minaccie i fieri accenti Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
22Di geloso amor sprezzato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count/Manrico
23Anima mia piu dell usato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
24L'istante s'avvicina Popularity:

Opera: AroldoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Godvino/Aroldo
25Oh! miei prodi Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: Voice: B S T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles:
26O inferno Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
27Prima che d'altri vivere Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.17

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Azucena
28Io muoio confessione! Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo/Leonora
29Del ciel l'immensa volta Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: Voice: B Br T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Ezio/Foresto/Odabella/Uldino
30Siam giunti ecco la torre Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Ruiz
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