Giuseppe Taddei



Giuseppe Taddei is an Italian baritone, performing mainly in operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi.

Taddei was born in Genoa, Italy, and studied in Rome, where he made his professional debut in 1936 as the Herald in Lohengrin. He sang at the Rome Opera until he was conscripted into the army in 1942. After the war, he resumed his opera career and appeared for two seasons at the Vienna State Opera. He made his debut in London in 1947, at the Cambridge Theatre. The following year, 1948, saw his debut at the Salzburg Festival, La Scala in Milan, and the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.

His American debut took place at the San Francisco Opera in 1957, followed by the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1959. He sang regularly at the Royal Opera House in London from 1960 to 1967.

Taddei was equally effective in comedy and drama. His acting repertoire includes the two Figaros, from Nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia, both Leporello and Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, both Belcore and Dulcamara in Elisir d'amore, as well as Ernani, Macbeth, Rigoletto, Amonasro in Aida, Iago in Otello, Falstaff, Barnaba in La Gioconda, Gérard in Andrea Chénier, and Scarpia in Tosca among others.

His vocal longevity allowed him to continue singing into old age, including a debut at the Metropolitan Opera, on September 25, 1985, as Falstaff, at the age of 69.

Giuseppe Taddei left many recordings, notably as Figaro in Nozze di Figaro and Leporello in Don Giovanni in the Carlo Maria Giulini versions, as Macbeth, opposite Birgit Nilsson, conducted by Thomas Schippers, and as Scarpia in Tosca and as Falstaff, both conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

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