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ENZO MASCHERINI, Baritone * 06 August 1910, Florence, Tuscany, Italy + 29 July 1981, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy;

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Enzo Mascherini (August 6, 1910, Florence – July 29, 1981, Livorno) was an Italian operatic baritone, one of the leading baritones of his generation.

He studied in Florence with Titta Ruffo and Riccardo Stracciari and made his debut there in 1937, as Giorgio Germont in La traviata, and also sang at the premiere of Gian Francesco Malipiero’s Antonio e Cleopatra, in 1938. He made his debut at the San Carlo in Naples, in 1939, and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, in 1940. He appeared in two legendary performances opposite Maria Callas, the first at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 1951, as Montforte in I vespri siciliani, under Erich Kleiber, and on opening night of the 1952-53 season at La Scala, as Macbeth, under Victor de Sabata.

After the war, he began an international career, appearing in Paris, Vienna, Prague, London, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. In 1946 and 1947, Mascherini appeared at the New York City Opera, in La bohème (as Marcello), La traviata (with Dorothy Kirsten), Pagliacci (as Silvio, later as Tonio), Rigoletto, Andrea Chénier (opposite Vivian della Chiesa, directed by Theodore Komisarjevsky), and Il barbiere di Siviglia (with Luigi Infantino and Virginia MacWatters).

He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on December 7, 1949 as Marcello in Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème with Bidu Sayão as Mimì, Ferruccio Tagliavini as Rodolfo, Lois Hunt as Musetta, and Giuseppe Antonicelli conducting. He performed in several other roles at the Met during the 1949-1950 season, including Germont in La traviata (with Licia Albanese as Violetta and Jan Peerce as Alfredo), Lescaut in Manon Lescaut (with Richard Tucker as Des Grieux), Valentin in Faust (with Giuseppe Di Stefano in the title role), and the title role in Rigoletto (with Erna Berger as Gilda).[1] He also went on tour to South Africa in 1951.

A fine singing-actor with a powerful voice and solid technique, he taught in Florence after retiring from the stage. Among his pupils was the baritone Alexander Malta.

He can be heard on disc in Dom Sébastien, opposite Fedora Barbieri; La favorite, opposite Giulietta Simionato; Tosca, opposite Renata Tebaldi; and the aforementioned I vespri siciliani and Macbeth with Callas. In 1949, the baritone participated in a cinematic version of Il trovatore (available from the Bel Canto Society).

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Posted by on August 7, 2017 in Baritones


YURI MAZUROK, Baritone * 18 July 1931, Kraśnik + April 2006, Moscow;

Yuri Antónovich Mazurók (Russian Ю́рий Анто́нович Мазуро́к, 18 July 1931 in Kraśnik –[1] April 2006 in Moscow) was a Russian operatic baritone of Ukrainian ethnicity. He sang leading roles with major opera houses internationally, including the Bolshoi Theatre, where he made his debut as Eugene Onegin, to become his most famous part, in 1963, the Canadian Opera Company, the Metropolitan Opera (La traviata, Eugene Onegin, and Tosca), the Royal Opera, London, and the Vienna State Opera.[2]

Among Mazurok’s recordings are Eugene Onegin (with Galina Vishnevskaya and Vladimir Atlantov, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, 1970; then with Tamara Milashkina and Atlantov, led by Mark Ermler, 1979), and Il trovatore (opposite Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras, and Stefania Toczyska, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, 1980). On DVD can be found a 1983 Bolshoi production of Pique-dame, with Atlantov, Milashkina, and Elena Obraztsova. On a 9December1978 DVD, Mazurok sings Escamillo in a production of Carmen at the Wiener Statsoper with Elena Obraztsova (Carmen), Placido Domingo (Don Jose), and Isobel Buchanan (Micaela), conducted by Carlos Kleiber and directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Baritones


DINO DONDI, Baritone * 10 July 1925, Casalecchio di Reno + 3 March 2007, Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe;

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He began his stage career at the theaters in the Italian province in the early fifties and then sang the Amonasro in 1956 at La Scala in Milan. In the sixties, and the beginning of the seventies, he appeared at La Scala, singing , Don Carlo in ” Ernani”, Scarpia Escamillo , Filippo Visconti in “Beatrice di Tenda”, Valentin and ‘Doctor Faust. He sang in the premiere of Felice Lattuada’s opera “Caino”, in 1958 and also . Pizzetti’s “L’Assassinio nella cattedrale”.Renato, Rigoletto, La Forza’s Carlos, Nabucco, and Macbeth. Other roles from the singer’s repertoire included Riccardo in “I Puritani”, Pizzetti’s Tereo in “Fedra”

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Posted by on July 11, 2017 in Baritones


EBERHARD WÄCHTER, Baritone * 8 July 1929, Vienna, Austria + 29 March 1992, Vienna, Austria;

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Opera Singer. A noted baritone of the late 20th Century, he later became a respected operatic administrator. Raised in Vienna, he studied at the University of Vienna and at the Vienna Academy of Music before making his 1953 professional debut with the Vienna Volksoper as Silvio from Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci”. First heard at the Vienna State Opera in 1954, he made his 1956 bow at Covent Garden, London, as Count Almaviva from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and that same year gave his first performances at Salzburg as two other Mozartian characters, Arabace from “Idomeneo” and the title rogue of “Don Giovanni”. Wachter made his initial appearance at Wagner’s Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1958 as Amfortis in “Parsifal” and bowed at the Paris Opera in 1959 as Wolfram from Wagner’s “Tannhauser”. He was to use Count Almaviva for his 1960 bows at both La Scala Milano and the Lyric Opera of Chicago while audiences at New York’s Metropolitan Opera first saw him in 1961 as Wolfram. Over the course of his career Wachter was to take part in a number of recordings that are now considered classics including “Der Rosenkavalier” (1956) on EMI with Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti’s 1958 “Das Rheingold” for Decca, and EMI’s 1959 “The Marriage of Figaro” conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini”. In 1963 Wachter was designated Kammersanger, a now honorary title that in olden times meant ‘Court Singer’; after leaving the stage he became general manager of the Vienna Volksoper in 1987 then added the helm of the Vienna State Opera to his duties in 1991. He died of a sudden heart attack. (bio by: Bob Hufford)

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Posted by on July 10, 2017 in Baritones


MATTEO MANUGUERRA, Baritone * 5 October 1924, Tunis, Tunisia + 25 July 1998, Montpellier, France

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Matteo Manuguerra (October 5, 1924 – July 25, 1998) was a Tunisian-born French baritone, one of the leading Verdi baritones of the 1970s.

Manuguerra was born in Tunis, Tunisia, to Italian parents, who later moved to Argentina. He came late to music, starting his vocal study at the age of 35, at the Buenos Aires Music Conservatory, with Umberto Landi. He made his debut as a tenor, in Mozart’s Requiem. He settled in France in 1961, and after new studies, made his debut the following year as a baritone in the role of Valentin in Faust, at the Opéra de Lyon where he was to remain for three years.

Manuguerra made his Paris Opéra debut in 1966, as Rigoletto. He appeared throughout France, and sang on French radio particularly in Verdi operas such as, Nabucco, Ernani, I masnadieri, Luisa Miller, as well as in I vespri siciliani and Don Carlo, both in their original French versions.

After singing widely in Europe, Manuguerra made his American debut in 1968, as Gérard in Andrea Chénier, in Seattle. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut on January 11, 1971, as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, other roles included Barnaba in La Gioconda, Carlo in La forza del destino, Amonasro in Aida, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana, Tonio in I Pagliacci, and others. He also appeared at the San Francisco Opera and the Dallas Opera.

Manuguerra had a rich and supple voice enabling him to excel in both belcanto and verismo repertoire, with Verdi being always at the core, which his impressive discography clearly demonstrates.

Matteo Manuguerra enjoyed a long career and was still active when he died suddenly of a heart attack, in Montpellier, France.

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Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Baritones


ERNESTO BADINI, Baritone * 14 September 1876, San Colombano al Lambro + 6 July 1937, Milan;

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Ernesto Badini (born San Colombano al Lambro, 14 September 1876; died Milan, 6 July 1937) was an Italian opera singer that sang in the baritone range. He was trained at Milan Conservatory and made his debut as Matteo (in Frà Diavolo) at Lodi’s Teatro Gaffurio in 1896. Badini was a regular performer at Milan’s La Scala and achieved his greatest success in the comic role of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

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Posted by on July 3, 2017 in Baritones


GYÖRGY MELIS, Baritone * July 2, 1923 – Szarvas, Austro-Hungary + 27 November 27 2009 – Budapest, Hungary;

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The Hungarian baritone, György Melis, studied from 1944 to 1949 at the Franz Liszt Music Academy of Budapest. His teachers there were Imre Molnár and Mrs. Ferenc Révhegyi.

In 1949, immediately when he finished his studies, György Melis was appointed immediately to the National Opera of Budapest, whose member he remained since that time. He could be heard there in an extensive repertoire, which contained baritone roles from the entire opera literature, whereby he appeared as outstanding actor. He had a great career also as concert and oratorio singer, in addition to being estimated as an interpreter of the songs of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. He appeared as a guest At the Festivals of Glyndebourne (1961 as Don Giovanni) and Edinburgh, at the state Staatsoper Berlin, at the Wiener Staatsoper, at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and at other important European stages. In 1973 He made guest appearance at the Edinburgh Festival in “Blue-Beard Castle” by B. Bartók in the title role.

György Melis’ career lasted for a long time. In 1987 he appeared at the Wiesbaden Festival with the ensemble of the Budapest Opera as Don Giovanni. He still sang in 1989 at the Covent Garden Opera in London the title role in Blue-Beard Castle, in 1991 in Budapest as Zsupan in Zigeunerbaron by J. Strauss, in 1993 as Tiborc in Bánk Bán by F. Erkel.

Already in 1959 György Melis was appointed as Artist of the People’s Republic of Hungary, and in 1962 received the Kossuth Prize for excellence.

Numerous Recordings on Qualiton Hungaroton, among them complete operas and oratorios (Háry János and Te Deum von Budavár by Z. Kodály, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut by Puccini, Samson by Szokolay, Gianni Schicchi, Blue-Beard Castle and he sings songs of B. Bartók), on Decca in another rendition of Háry János.

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Posted by on July 3, 2017 in Baritones

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