Giuliano Bernardi

December 21, 1939, Ravenna – June 4, 1977 Ravenna

Picture of Giuliano Bernardi
Bernardi graduated at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica "G. Rossini" in Pesaro. Next he studied with Maestro Antonio Gelli, a baritone.

He made his debut as a baritone in October 1968 in Mantova as Rigoletto after he had won the international competition As.Li.Co (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica).

He sang in many Italian theatres and in the mean time won other international competitions such as:
1971: Concorso Achille Peri
1971: Concorso internazionale Voci Verdiane (an international competition created by the RAI), with Katia Ricciarelli
1972: Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti "Toti Dal Monte", with Ghena Dimitrova

He decided to become a tenor and studied singing with Maestro Arrigo Pola and repertory with Maestro Ettore Campogalliani.

He made his debut as a tenor in 1975 in Florence, in the role of Macolm in Macbeth. In 1976 he recorded Macbeth in the studios in London with José Carreras, Sherrill Milnes and Ruggero Raimondi, still as Malcolm. He made his real debut in Spain as Manrico. In the end of December 1976, he sang in Chicago and Pittsburgh in concerts with Pavarotti.

He was preparing to sing the title role of Verdi's Otello when a fatal car accident ended his life at the age of 37.

His repertory included: Rigoletto, Germont, Marcello, Tonio, Manrico, Malcolm, Alfredo, ...
Reference

Giuliano Bernardi sings Il Trovatore: Di quella pira

Giuliano Bernardi sings Adriana Lecouvreur: L'anima ho stanca.
Bernardi is a sad example of a very good baritone who preferred being a so-so tenor.

Admittedly, his Di Quella Pira is not bad (though transposed), but alas, that not very delicate and not entirely effortless, self-accompanied home rehearsal of L’anima ho stanca (a baby crying in the background) is more typical of his tenor efforts.

Bernardi as Baritone
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings, picture and notes.

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