Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mario Filippeschi--New post!

I give you Mario Filippeschi, singing I Puritani with my beloved Virginia Zeani in 1957:

He was no slouch, that feller! The Wikipedia bio-blurb is brief, so I'll copy it here:

Mario Filippeschi (June 7, 1907, Montefoscoli - December 25, 1979, Florence) was an Italian tenor, particularly associated with the Italian repertory, renowned for his ringing upper register.

Filippeschi studied the clarinet for two years as a teenager, before joining military service. After military discharge he began studying voice with a Neapolitan teacher, Mr. Vicidomini, in Milan, and later with Mr. Pessina, in Florence. He made his professional debut in Colorno, near Parma, as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, in 1937.

He quickly sang throughout Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. He first concentrated on lyrical roles such as the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La traviata, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, etc., and was one of the few tenors of his generation to tackle with success such high lying roles as Arnold in Guglielmo Tell and Arturo in I puritani.

After the war, he began adding more dramatic roles to his repertory. In 1950, he appeared to great acclaim in Mexico, as Radames in Aida, and as Cavaradossi in Tosca, opposite the young Maria Callas.

Other notable roles included; Manrico in Il trovatore, Arrigo in I vespri siciliani, Alvaro in La forza del destino, Calaf in Turandot.

Filippeschi made several recordings, notably Pollione in Norma, opposite Maria Callas, and Carlo in Don Carlos, opposite Tito Gobbi and Boris Christoff.

A handsome man, Filippeschi also appeared in film versions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto, in 1946.

One commenter to a YouTube video opines: "one of the most unmusical, boisterous, monodynamic tenor voices in recorded history... AND I LOOOOVE IT!! :) :) Mamma mia, che acuti!! "

More vids! This, apparently, is from the aforementioned Rigoletto movie:

This is from Giullaume Tell:

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