- Martin Bernheimer
(b Geneva, Dec 22, 1916; d Lugano, Nov 26, 1984). Swiss bass. He studied with Enrico Romani in Milan. After his début in 1937 he returned to Zürich for the war but made a postwar début in Trieste in 1947 (Varlaam). He appeared throughout Italy in roles as disparate as Escamillo, Sparafucile and Scarpia, and in 1949 sang in the première of Petrassi’s Il cordovano at La Scala. The buffo repertory soon became his abiding speciality, however; he made his Metropolitan début as Leporello in 1954, becoming the logical and worthy successor to Salvatore Baccaloni. He sang in Edinburgh two years later (Verdi’s Falstaff) and at Covent Garden as Dr Bartolo in 1960 and 1969. He also appeared in Vienna, at the Salzburg Festival, notably as Osmin in Strehler’s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Verona and Amsterdam; his other roles included Don Pasquale, Gianni Schicchi, Dulcamara, Don Alfonso, Sulpice in ...