He studied with Carlo Negrini and Adelaide Borghi in Milan. In 1914 he placed second in a vocal competiton in Parma to Benjamino Gigli .His stage debut took place in Milan in 1914 as Elisero in Rossini’s “Mosè in Egitto”. 1916 saw him making his debut at La Scala as Alvaro in “Fernando Cortez” by Spontini. the following year he sang at the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, in the world premiere of the Argentine opera “Huemac” by Pascual de Rogatis. Fausto in 1918 in the premiere of Alberto Favara’s “Urania at La Scala, returning there as .Walther von Stolzing in 1922. In 1923 he appeared at La Scala in the premiere of the opera “Belfagor” by Respighi, and in 1924 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome in “Emiral” by Bruno Barilli. Boito’s Faust in 1930 at Covent Garden. Radames at the Metropolitan Opera in 1932. His repertoire included Arnold in “William Tell”, Edgardo, Pollione, Gualtiero in “Il Pirata”, Enzo, Gennaro in “I Gioielli della Madonna “by Wolf-Ferrari, Dimitri, Calaf, Pinkerton, Des Grieux, Turiddu, Canio, Andrea Chenier, Vassili in Giordano’s ” Siberia”, Florestan, Manrico, Alvaro, Gabriele Adorno, Otello, Don José, and Samson. Known for his robust and virile voice, as well as great declamation. He performed on the stage until 1948 in Italy and later worked as a teacher in Milan.
Artist Biography & Photo credit by Charles Rhodes
Francesco Merli as Otello
Hand Signed Photograph