Personalities | Piero Cappuccilli | Modern Era | Opera

1929–2005, Italian

With a warm, expressive baritone voice ideal for Verdi, Cappuccilli had a superb technique that was still evident when he performed Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in his last performance at Covent Garden, aged 60. Studying at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi before graduating to the main stage, he made his professional debut in 1957 as Tonio in Pagliacci. In 1960, Walter Legge offered him a contract to sing Enrico opposite Maria Callas in Lucia di Lammermoor, and he made his Met debut the same year. His Enrico at La Scala secured his position as an international star, while working with Karajan and Abbado earned him critical recognition.

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Houses & Companies | La Scala, Milan | High Romantic | Opera
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