Personalities | Mariano Stabile | Modern Era | Opera
What Stabile did not possess vocally, he made up for with a complete mastery of character. His imagination and timing made him unparalleled among his contemporaries. Toscanini coached him for the role of Falstaff, which he would sing nearly 1,200 times. During his 1926 debut season at Covent Garden, Stabile sang Falstaff, Iago and Don Giovanni. Eventually he switched to singing Gianni Schicchi and Scarpia, while the later years would be distinguished by purely comedic and buffa roles. These included Dr Malatesta in Don Pasquale and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, both of which were remarkable for their spontaneous exuberance and panache.
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