Personalities | Beniamino Gigli | Modern Era | Classical
Gigli made his debut in Italy in 1914, and sang Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele at Bologna and Naples the following year. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Mefistofele in 1920. The operas in which he appeared at the ‘Met’, where he sang for 12 seasons, included La bohème, Ponchielli’s La gioconda and Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine. His first role at Covent Garden was Andrea Chénier in 1930, and his last was Rodolfo (La bohème) in 1946.
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