Basses

  • Cesare Siepi

    Cesare Siepi

    Cesare Siepi was born in Milan on February 10th 1923. As he himself repeatedly stated, he was largely self-taught and only for a short time attended the Conservatory of Milan. In 1941 he gave his stage debut in the part of Sparafucile in „Rigoletto“ in …

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  • Ezio Pinza

    Ezio Pinza

    The great bass Ezio Pinza, real name Ezio Fortunato, was born in Rome. He studied under Vezzani at Bologna and made his debut as Oroveso (Norma) at Soncino (Cremona) in 1916. For eight years, from 1916 to 1924, he sang the French, Italian repertory and …

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  • Adam Didur

    Adam Didur

    Adam – respectively Adamo, as he himself italianized his name – Didur´s name must be listed among those of the most outstanding basses of our century. He does not have to fear comparison with the likes of Plancon, Rothier, Journet or Mardones, to name just …

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  • Feodor Chaliapin

    Feodor Chaliapin

    Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin was “la voce storica” among basses at the turn of the century, the great basso-cantante that combined the art of singing with the art of acting and strove to find the ideal vocal expression for his characters. “To him, the voice was only a pretext and a docile, sometimes insidious instrument of will and whim. He was a tenor, baritone or bass as he wished, making use of all colours on the lyrical palette” He remains perhaps one of the four truly mythical figures of opera to this very day.

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