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date: 20 October 2019

Gobbi, Tito locked

  • Harold Rosenthal
  • , revised by Alan Blyth

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(b Bassano del Grappa, Italy, Oct 24, 1913; d Rome, Italy, March 5, 1984). Italian baritone. He studied in Rome with Giulio Crimi and made his debut 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 premiere of Berg’s opera in 1942. He made his American debut as Figaro at the San Francisco Opera (2 October 1948); he also sang in Chicago with the Lyric Theater (1954–5) and the Lyric Opera (1956–60, 1962–5). His Metropolitan Opera debut was as Scarpia (13 January 1956), a role with which he became closely associated; he subsequently appeared frequently at the Metropolitan before retiring from singing in 1976. His repertory of nearly 100 principal roles also included Puccini’s Jack Rance (...

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