Personalities | Carlo Bergonzi | Modern Era | Opera
Known as ‘the tenor of all tenors’, Bergonzi had a lyrical voice that was both refined and intense. Vocal lessons were interrupted when he was interred in a prisoner-of-war camp, but resumed upon his release and in 1947 he began to make a series of debuts as a baritone. Retraining his voice, he emerged four years later as a tenor in the title role of Andrea Chénier. Acclaimed as the foremost Verdi singer of his generation, Bergonzi sang with amazing technical fluency, although his high notes had a baritonal timbre. By the 1970s his voice showed signs of wear, but he continued to perform and then teach until the end of his life, much loved by his students.
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