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date: 16 September 2019

Bonisolli, Francolocked

  • Noël Goodwin

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(b Rovereto, May 25, 1937; d Vienna, Oct 30, 2003). Italian tenor. He won first prize in a competition at Spoleto in 1961 and made his début at the festival there in 1962 as Ruggero (La rondine), later singing the Prince in The Love for Three Oranges. Further engagements for leading roles in Verdi and the verismo repertory quickly followed. He made his Vienna Staatsoper début in 1968 and his American début as Alfredo at San Francisco in 1969; later he appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Almaviva (1971). He was first heard at Covent Garden in 1981 as Vasco de Gama (L’Africaine); this was followed by Calaf, a role which, together with Don José, he also sang on the Royal Opera’s Far East tour in 1986. At Verona (1988–9) he sang Enzo and Radames. His recordings include Leoncavallo’s La bohème...

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