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date: 22 October 2019

De Lucia, Fernandolocked

  • Desmond Shawe-Taylor

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(b Naples, Oct 11, 1860; d Naples, Feb 21, 1925). Italian tenor. He studied in Naples, and made his début at the Teatro S Carlo in Faust on 9 March 1885. At first he was best known in the tenore di grazia repertory, notably as Almaviva, which remained a favourite role. But in the 1890s and the early 1900s his fame was increasingly linked with the impassioned tenor heroes of the new verismo school, especially Turiddu, Canio and Loris in Giordano’s Fedora, in all of which he excelled alike as actor and singer. The title role in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, in which he sang with Calvé in the Rome première of 1891 and in its first Covent Garden and Metropolitan Opera performances shortly thereafter, formed a bridge between the two parts of his repertory; and Mascagni gratefully chose him also for the premières of his I Rantzau (...

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