Giacomo Lauri-Volpi |

Giacomo Lauri-Volpi |

Giacomo Lauri-Volpi

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He studied at the Faculty of Law of the University of Rome and at the Academy “Santa Cecilia” with A. Cotogni, later with E. Rosati. He made his debut in 1919 in Viterbo as Arthur (Bellini’s Puritani). In 1920 he sang in Rome, in 1922, 1929-30 and in the 30-40s. at the La Scala Theatre. Soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in 1922-33. Toured in many countries. From 1935 he lived in Spain. He performed regularly until 1965, later occasionally, the last time – in 1977 at a concert on the occasion of the International Lauri-Volpi Vocal Competition in Madrid.

The greatest singer of the 20th century, he brilliantly performed the parts of the lyrical and dramatic tenor, sang in the original version the most difficult parts of Arthur (Bellini’s Puritani) and Arnold (Rossini’s William Tell). Among the best parties are Raul (Huguenots), Manrico, Radamès, Duke, Cavaradossi. He was also a historian and theorist of vocal art.

Works: Voci parallele, [Mil.], 1955 (Russian translation – Vocal Parallels, L., 1972), etc.

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