- Rodolfo Celletti
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(b Cento, Ferrara, 17 March 1871; d Reno di Leggiuno, Varese, 18 Oct 1950). Italian tenor. Of humble origin, he studied with Alessandro Busi at Bologna, and made his début in Gounod’s Faust at Castelfranco Veneto in 1892. During the following years he sang in Turin, Madrid and St Petersburg; at La Scala in 1896 he took the part of Andrea Chénier with great success in the opera’s first performance. Over the next ten years he appeared in the leading Italian theatres and in Spain, Portugal and Argentina, most notably as Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and as Cavaradossi. From 1906 he devoted himself to Wagner (having already sung Siegfried and Tristan at La Scala in 1899 and 1900 under Toscanini) with exceptional results. In 1914, after appearing in the Italian première of Parsifal at Bologna and La Scala, he was forced by glaucoma to retire from the stage, and in ...