Giangiacomo Guelfi

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Giangiacomo Guelfi

Giangiacomo Guelfi (21 December 1924 – 8 February 2012) [1] was an operatic baritone, particularly associated with Verdi and Puccini. [2]

A baritone is a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range lies between the bass and the tenor voice types. Originally from the Greek βαρύτονος (barýtonos), meaning heavy sounding, music for this voice is typically written in the range from the second F below middle C to the F above middle C (i.e. F2–F4) in choral music, and from the second A below middle C to the A above middle C (A2 to A4) in operatic music, but can be extended at either end. The baritone voice type is generally divided into the baryton-Martin baritone (light baritone), lyric baritone, Kavalierbariton, Verdi baritone, dramatic baritone, baryton-noble baritone, and the bass-baritone.

Born in Rome, Guelfi studied law before turning to vocal studies in Florence with baritone Titta Ruffo and later in Milan with baritone Mario Basiola. He made his stage debut in Spoleto, as Rigoletto in 1950. He made his debut in 1952 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, also appearing in Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, and becoming a regular guest at the Arena di Verona. Outside Italy he appeared in Berlin, Lisbon, London, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, and Cairo. He made his American debut in 1954 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and at the Metropolitan Opera of New York in 1970. [2] He took part in the creation of contemporary works including Lazzaro in Pizzetti's La figlia di Jorio, Naples, 1954. He was mostly known for his Verdi portrayals in operas such as Nabucco , I due Foscari , Attila , Macbeth , Il trovatore , I vespri siciliani , La forza del destino , and Aida . He also appeared in verismo operas such as Cavalleria rusticana , Andrea Chénier , Tosca , and La fanciulla del West .

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He died on 8 February 2012 in Bolzano, after a week's hospitalization. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 "Scomparso il baritono Giangiacomo Guelfi, aveva debuttato a Spoleto con il Rigoletto". SpoletoCity (in Italian). 9 February 2012. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Obituary:Giangiacomo Guelfi". Opera News . May 2014.

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