Personalities | Tito Gobbi | Modern Era | Opera
Gobbi’s baritone voice, although accomplished, was overshadowed by his magnificent stage presence. After studying in Rome and making his debut in 1935, he enjoyed his first success as Wozzeck in the 1942 Italian premiere of Berg’s opera. Gobbi’s La Scala debut also took place that year, and he became popular in London for his interpretations of Verdi roles such as Rigoletto and Iago. His most memorable partnerships were with reigning diva Maria Callas; her Tosca and his Scarpia became part of opera lore.
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