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date: 19 October 2019

Del Monaco, Mariolocked

  • Harold Rosenthal
  • , revised by Alan Blyth


(b Florence, July 27, 1915; d Mestre, nr Venice, Oct 16, 1982). Italian tenor. He studied at Pesaro and the Rome Opera School. In 1939 while still a student he sang Turiddu at Pesaro, making his official début in 1941 at the Teatro Puccini, Milan, as Pinkerton. His international career began in 1946 when he sang Radames at the Verona Arena and Cavaradossi, Canio and Pinkerton at Covent Garden with the S Carlo company. He made his American début in 1950 at San Francisco as Radames and Chénier, and his New York début in the same year as Puccini’s Des Grieux at the Metropolitan, where he sang until 1959. His most famous role was Otello, which he sang throughout Europe (including Covent Garden in 1962) and North America. His repertory also included Aeneas (Les Troyens), which he sang at La Scala in 1960, and Siegmund, while Loris (...

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