- Desmond Shawe-Taylor
(b Naples, March 21, 1878; d Jackson Heights, NY, Aug 12, 1942). Italian baritone. He studied in Naples and made his début there in 1900 as Germont. Soon in much demand, he sang at Covent Garden (1904) and at La Scala with Toscanini (1907–8), where he created the role of Folco in Cilea’s Gloria (1907), before making his début at the Metropolitan Opera as Germont in La traviata on 20 November 1908. He quickly established himself there, and remained a member of the company until 1921, singing all the principal roles of the Italian repertory, as well as Valentin, Escamillo and many other French parts, and Kurwenal and Amfortas in German. He often sang with Caruso; they appeared together in the 1910 première of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, in which Amato sang Jack Rance. He also created the title role in Damrosch’s ...