Carlo Bergonzi

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Carlo BergonziMefistofele: Giunto sul passo estremo
In RA Format

Carlo Bergonzi sings Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero
In RA Format

Carlo Bergonzi sings Ernani: Come rugiada al cespite
In RA Format

Carlo Bergonzi sings I due Foscari: Dal piu remoto esilio
In RA Format

Bergonzi in Zürich

Review of the "Le Concert des Nations" in Paris published by Opéra 64, May issue 1964, by Clym
... In the huge Salle Pleyel, the voice of Carlo Bergonzi
Caricature of Carlo Bergonzi
was not for many, what it is normally on record. Recordings sometimes improve the voice. Naturally the timbre's quality is still the same, a great beauty with a great color; however as far the volume is concerned many people were disappointed. As it was the case either in the Gioconda's aria, or in the Trovatore's duo with Giulietta Simionato. However the later singer was the hero of the evening. Like every great voice, the volume is bigger live than in the recordings. What a quality, what a dramatic feeling! Her Don fatale was the high point of the concert. ...
Repertory

La Bohème (Schaunard)-Catania, Arena Argentina, 7 August 1947
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)-Lecce
Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
Andrea Chenier-Bari, Petruzzelli, 18 January 1951
Giovanna d'Arco-Milano, RAI, 26 May 1951
Pagliacci-Milano, RAI, 10 June 1951
La forza del Destino-Milano, RAI, 16 July 1951
Un Ballo in Maschera-Milano, Nuovo, 15 August 1951
Simon Boccanegra-Roma, RAI, 21 November 1951
I due Foscari-Milano, RAI, 5 December 1951
Adriana Lecouvreur-Prato, Metastasio, 31 December 1951
Faust-Bari, Petruzzelli, 8 January 1952
Jenufa (Steva)-Roma, Opera, 17 April 1952
Ifigenia-Napoli, San Carlo, 1 June 1952
MefistofelepRoma, Caracalla, 1 July 1952
Madama Butterfly-Cagliari, All'aperto, August 1952
Mas'aniello-Milano, Scala, 25 March 1953
Rigoletto-Livorno, Goldoni, 20 May 1953
Aida-Buenos Aires, Colón, 24 July 1953
Tosca-Buenos Aires, Colón, 7 August 1953
Manon Lescaut-Rovigo, Sociale, 24 October 1953
Turandot-Catania, Massimo Bellini, 19 November 1953
Loreley-Reggio Emilia, Municipale, 2 February 1954
L'incorazione di Poppea-Milano, RAI, 7 March 1954
Carmen-Monte Carlo, Salle Garnier, 30 January 1955
Lucia di Lammermoor-Brescia, Grande, 3 Fenruary 1955
Don Carlo-Buenos Aires, Colón, August 1955
La Traviata-Salsomaggiore, Nuovo, 10 September 1955
Il Tabarro-Chicago, Lyric, 16 November 1955
Cavalleria Rusticana-Chicago Lyric, 26 November 1955
L'amore dei tre Re-Chicago, Lyric, 28 November 1955
La Gioconda-Trieste, Castello di San Giusto, 16 July 1956
Il Trovatore-New York, MET, 13 November 1956
Fior di Maria-Milano, RAI, 30 January 1957
La Bohème-Caracas, Municipal, October 1957
Macbeth-New York, MET, 5 February 1959
L'elisir d'Amore-San Sebastian, Victoria Eugenia, 26 August 1959
Ernani-New York, MET, 26 November 1962
La WallyNew York, Carnegie Hall, 13 March 1968
Werther-Napoli, San Carlo, 11 February 1969
Norma-New York, MET, 3 March 1970
Luisa Miller-Genova, Margherita, 20 September 1972
Edgar-New York, Carnegie, 13 April 1977
I Lombardi alla prima Crociata-San Diego, Russ Auditorium, 22 June 1979
Il Corsaro-New York, Town Hall, 16 December 1981
Attila-Tulsa, Chapman Music Hall, 6 March 1982
Otello-New York, Carnegie Hall, 3 May 2000
Reference: Gustavo Marchesi, Carlo Bergonzi, I suoi personaggi; Azzali Editori, Parma, 2003
This book barely mentions Bergonzi's baritone roles. It gives the wrong year and city (with no mention of the work) for Bergonzi's debut. I want to thank Larry Lustig for giving me the correct date. The book lists as part of Bergonzi's baritone repertory: Don Pasquale, La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, and La Traviata, without indication of dates, roles or places.
The Bergonzi's website lists:
Cilea, Francesco
      Arlesiana (Metifio)
Donizetti, Gaetano
      Don Pasquale (Dottor Malatesta)
      Elisir d’amore, L’ (Belcore)
      Lucia di Lammermoor (Lord Enrico Asthon)
Ferrari Trecate, Luigi
      Astuzie di Bertoldo, Le
      Ghirlino
Leoncavallo, Ruggero
      Pagliacci (Silvio)
Mascagni, Pietro
      Amico Fritz, L’ (Fritz Kobus)
      Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
Massenet, Jules
      Werther (Albert)
Puccini, Giacomo
      Bohème, La (Marcello)
      Bohème, La (Schaunard)
      Fanciulla del West, La (Sonora)
      Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
      Manon Lescaut (Lescaut)
Rossini, Gioacchino
      Barbiere di Siviglia, Il (Figaro)
Thomas, Ambroise
      Mignon (Laerte)
Verdi, Giuseppe
      Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
      Traviata, La (Giorgio Germont)
There is also no mention of dates and places.
I would like to thank Thomas Silverboerg for the recordings.

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