- Harold Rosenthal
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(b Bassano del Grappa, Oct 24, 1913; d Rome, March 5, 1984). Italian baritone. He studied in Rome with Giulio Crimi and made his début in 1935 at Gubbio as Rodolfo (La sonnambula). In 1937 he appeared at the Teatro Adriano, Rome, as Germont. He sang regularly at the Teatro Reale dell’Opera, Rome, from 1938; his first great success there was as Wozzeck in the Italian première of Berg’s opera (1942). He first appeared at La Scala in 1942 as Belcore, the role in which he made his Covent Garden début with the Scala company in 1951. He appeared regularly in London, especially in Verdi roles, including Posa (1958), Boccanegra, Iago, Rigoletto and Falstaff. He also sang Don Giovanni, Almaviva, Gianni Schicchi and Scarpia.
Gobbi made his American début as Rossini’s Figaro in San Francisco in 1948; from 1954 to 1973 he sang regularly in Chicago in a repertory that included Gérard, Michonnet, Jack Rance and Tonio, and he made his Metropolitan Opera début in ...