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Tenore Robusto ANTONIO PAOLI (1871-1946) sings "Di quella pira" from Verdi's Il Trovatore on an early G & T 78 rpm disc # 025170.
Paoli, who was a giant of a man, had one of the MOST POWERFUL voices of any tenor---EVER!
All his recordings demonstrate that he sang with enomous passion.
Paoli was known as "The King of Tenors." He is considered the first Puerto Rican to reach international fame in the musical arts.
He very much wanted to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City but was prevented from appearing by Enrico Caruso who had great influence with the management and board of directors.