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Open Features: Beniamino Gigli

Peter Wintersgill presents the career details of Beniamino Gigli, one of the greatest singers of all time.

Born
20 March, 1890, in Recanati, Italy.

Adult Life
Gigli studied in Rome with Rosati.

He made his debuts at Rovigo in 1914 as Ponchielli’s Enzo, at Milan’s La Scala as Boito’s Faust in 1918 and with Toscanini at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1920. His Covent Garden debut was in 1930, where he stayed until 1946.

He sang Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondie at its New York premier in 1928.

At the age of 65 Gigli still sang superberly on a tour of the USA in 1955, excelling as Rodolpho (Boheme), the Duke of Manuta (Rigoletto) and Cavaradossi (Tosca).

He died in Rome on 30 November, 1957, aged 67.

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