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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
1Vil seduttor infame figlia Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Alvaro/Leonora
2Ferma crudele Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani/Elvira
3Manrico? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruiz/Manrico
4Si corre voce che l'Etiope Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames
5Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
6Svanir le voci Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Flavio
7Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
8Vieni in Roma ah vieni Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.16

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
9Meco all'altar di venere Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione
10Dammi quel ferro Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.15

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
11Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
12Oh! di qual sei tu vittima Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.23

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
13Creonte a me solo un giorno Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Néris/Jason
14Nemici senza cor Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Jason
15L'onda de suoni mistici Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Ruiz
16Ti scosta Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
17Che non m'inganna quel fioco lume Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
18L'usato messo Ruiz invia Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
19Soli or siamo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: Voice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
20Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
21Deserto sulla terra Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
22Di quella pira Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
23Dove siam? Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Malcolm
24Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-3

Type: trio,choirVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
25Schiudi inferno inghiotti Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: quartetVoice: T B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Banco/Macbeth/Lady McB
26O figli o figli miei Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff
27Sangue a me quell ombra Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: quartetVoice: Br T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Macduff/Lady McB/Banco
28Siam giunti ecco la torre Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Ruiz
29Perche piangete Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Ines
30Prima che d'altri vivere Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.17

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Azucena
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