Remembering AFRO POLI, who died on this day in 1988.
He was a pupil of Bruno Pizzi,and made his stage debut in 1927 at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, as Germont. He then went to Milan for further studies with Gino Neri., and later joined the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in 1930. Vocal studies in Pisa and Milan, after singing first in the Pisan Cathedral Choir. He sang at La Scala from 1937 to 1955. appearing in a wide repertoire from Mozart to verismo, including; Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, L’amico Fritz, Manon Lescaut, La bohème, Tosca, Adriana Lecouvreur, as well as Italian versions of operas such as; Les pêcheurs de perles, Manon, and Werther. Don Giovanni in Holland. He also appeared in a film adaptation of “Aida” with Sophia Loren portraying Amonasro, with Gino Bechi actually singing.
Short Biography by Charles Rhodes