Tozzi, Giorgio [George ]
- Martin Bernheimer
(b Chicago, Jan 8, 1923; d Bloomington, IN, May 30, 2011). American bass . After vocal study with Rosa Raisa, Giacomo Rimini and John Daggett Howell, he made his professional début as Tarquinius in the Broadway production of The Rape of Lucretia (1948). He studied further in Milan with Giullo Lorandi, and made the transition from baritone to bass. His Italian début was in 1950 as Rodolfo in La sonnambula at the Teatro Nuovo. His La Scala début followed in 1953 (in Catalani’s La Wally), and in 1955 he made his Metropolitan début as Alvise (La Gioconda). He then appeared with remarkable success in Salzburg, San Francisco, Florence, Frankfurt, Munich and Lisbon. His notable roles included Philip II, Boris, Don Giovanni and Hans Sachs. He created the Doctor in Barber’s Vanessa at the Metropolitan in 1958, and took part in the celebrated La Scala revival of ...