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date: 18 November 2019

Zenatello, Giovanni locked

  • Rodolfo Celletti
  • , revised by Valeria Pregliasco Gualerzi


(b Verona, 22 Feb 1876; d New York, 11 Feb 1949). Italian tenor. He studied as a baritone at Verona with Zannoni and made his début at Belluno in 1898 as Silvio in Pagliacci; the next year, at the Mercadante, Naples, he sang Canio in the same opera. He continued his studies with Moretti in Milan, and after a period in minor theatres, he appeared at Lisbon (1902) and during the 1902–3 season at La Scala (La damnation de Faust and Un ballo in maschera). He sang at La Scala frequently until 1907, taking the leading tenor roles in many premières there, notably of Giordano’s Siberia (1903) and Madama Butterfly (1904). He was often engaged in South America, notably at Buenos Aires (1903, and 1910), and was first heard at Covent Garden in 1905 as Riccardo, returning until ...

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Enciclopedia dello spettacolo
O. Thompson: The International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians (3/1944)