Italian Singers Who Made U.S. Debuts at Lyric

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Italian Singers Who Made U.S.  Debuts at Lyric
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Italian Singers Who Made U.S. Debuts at Lyric

This installment of “Legends of Lyric” highlights four Italian artists who began their association with Lyric in their American debuts: soprano RENATA SCOTTO (1934 -     ), who achieved huge renown internationally in a very wide repertoire during a stupendous four-decade stage career, and has forged new careers as a sought-after director and coach; FIORENZA COSSOTTO (1935 -    ), for many years Lyric’s mezzo-soprano of choice in dramatic Italian roles, as she was for all the other major houses internationally; CARLO BERGONZI (1924-2014), the immensely distinguished tenor who set new standards worldwide, especially in Verdi roles; and SESTO BRUSCANTINI (1919 – 2003), a baritone of inexhaustible theatrical and musical resource who deeply impressed the Lyric public in both  dramatic and comedic roles.

Listen to Roger Pines's tribute:




Renata Scotto's Roles at Lyric



1960



Mimì 
La bohème
Giacomo Puccini
Nov. 2, 5, 7

Micaëla 
Carmen
Georges Bizet
Nov. 4, 9, 12


1965



Cio-Cio-San 
Madama Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini
Oct. 29; Nov. 1, 4, 6, 10

Gilda 
Rigoletto
Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 26, 29; Dec. 2 (student matinee), 4, 6 (student matinee), 8 


1980



Amelia Anckarström 
Un ballo in maschera
Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 26, 29; Dec. 2, 5, 8, 10, 13

Soloist 
Italian Earthquake Relief Benefit Concert
Concert
Dec. 7

Soloist 
Renata Scotto in Recital
Mar. 4


1983



Manon Lescaut 
Manon
Jules Massenet
Nov. 25, 28; Dec. 1, 7, 10, 13, 16

Soloist 
Callas: An International Celebration
Concert
Dec. 11 


1988



Floria Tosca 
Tosca
Giacomo Puccini
Jan. 9, 12, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29; Feb. 1, 5


2007



Stage Director
La bohème
Giacomo Puccini 
Oct. 1, 4 (matinee), 7 (matinee), 10, 13, 16; Nov. 9, 14 (matinee), 17, 21, 23


2010



Stage Director
Un ballo in maschera
Giuseppe Verdi  
Nov. 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30; Dec.  4, 10



Fiorenza Cossotto's Roles at Lyric



1964



Leonora di Gusman 
La Favorita
Gaetano Donizetti
Oct. 12, 16, 21, 24

Princess Eboli 
Don Carlo
Giuseppe Verdi
Oct. 28, 30; Nov. 2, 7


1965



Amneris 
Aida
Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 24, 27, 30; Dec. 3, 6


1966



Laura
La Gioconda
Amilcare Ponchielli
Oct. 21, 24, 26, 29


1968



Adalgisa 
Norma
Vincenzo Bellini
Oct. 2, 5, 7, 14, 18, 23


1969



Santuzza 
Cavalleria rusticana
Pietro Mascagni
Nov. 19, 22, 26; Dec. 1, 9 (student matinee), 12


1971



Princess Eboli 

Don Carlo
Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 3, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20


1974



Leonora di Gusman 
La Favorita
Gaetano Donizetti
Oct. 11, 14, 17, 19, 21, 25


1983



Amneris 
Aida
Giuseppe Verdi
Sept. 23, 28; Oct. 1, 4, 7, 10, 14, 17


1986



Ulrica 
Un ballo in maschera
Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 14, 18, 21, 24, 29; Dec. 3, 6


1993



Ulrica 
Un ballo in maschera
Giuseppe Verdi
Feb. 5, 10, 14



Carlo Bergonzi's Roles at Lyric



1955



Luigi
Il tabarro
Giacomo Puccini
Nov. 16, 19

Turiddu 
Cavalleria rusticana
Pietro Mascagni
Nov. 21, 26

Avito
L'amore dei tre re
Italo Montemezzi
Nov. 28, Dec. 2


1960



Radamès 
Aida
Giuseppe Verdi
Oct. 17, 19


1961



Edgardo di Ravenswood 
Lucia di Lammermoor
Gaetano Donizetti
Oct. 18

Faust 
Mefistofele
Arrigo Boito
Oct. 21, 23, 27

Don Alvaro
La forza del destino
Giuseppe Verdi
Oct. 30; Nov. 10


1971



Mario Cavaradossi 
Tosca
Giacomo Puccini
Oct. 13, 16, 18, 22, 26 (student matinee), 30


1981



Nemorino 
L'elisir d'amore
Gaetano Donizetti
Sept. 26, 29; Oct. 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, 16



Sesto Bruscantini's Roles at Lyric



1961



Figaro 
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Gioacchino Rossini
Nov. 15, 18, 20, 24


1963



Doctor Malatesta 
Don Pasquale
Gaetano Donizetti
Nov. 20, 23, 25, 27 (matinee), 29


1964



Alfonso XI 
La Favorita
Gaetano Donizetti
Oct. 12, 16, 21, 24

Marcello
La bohème
Giacomo Puccini
Nov. 8 (matinee), 12, 17, 24

Dandini 
La Cenerentola
Gioacchino Rossini
Nov. 11, 13, 19 (student matinee), 21, 23


1965



Marcello 
La bohème
Giacomo Puccini
Oct. 22, 25, 27, 30

Sharpless 
Madama Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini
Oct. 29; Nov. 1, 4, 6, 10

High Priest of Dagon
Samson et Dalila
Camille Saint-Saëns
Nov. 3, 5, 8, 13

Baritone Singer 
Carmina Burnana (Concert)
Carl Orff
Nov. 12, 15, 17, 20

Ramiro 
L'Heure Espagnole
Maurice Ravel
Nov. 12, 15, 17, 20

Rigoletto 
Rigoletto
Giuseppe Verdi
Dec. 4, 6 (student matinee), 8


1966



Zurga
Les pêcheurs de perles
Georges Bizet
Nov. 11, 14, 16, 19

Singer
Italian Flood Relief Benefit Concert
Nov. 20

Giorgio Germont
La traviata
Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 25, 28, 30; Dec. 2, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15


1968



Doctor Malatesta 
Don Pasquale
Gaetano Donizetti
Nov. 23, 27; Dec. 2 (student matinee), 2 (evening), 4, 7, 13


1969



Figaro 
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Gioacchino Rossini
Nov. 28; Dec. 5, 8, 10, 13


1981



Friar Laurence 
Roméo et Juliette
Charles Gounod
Nov. 27; Dec. 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 19


1982



Sharpless
Madama Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini
Nov. 17, 20, 23, 26, 30; Dec. 3, 6, 11, 14, 17


1984



Bartolo
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Gioachino Rossini
Nov. 23, 26; Dec. 1, 4, 6, 10, 12, 15


1986



Sharpless
Madama Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini
Jan. 5, 10, 15, 18


Renata Scotto Headshot
Renata Scotto

Fiorenza Cossotto as Leonora in LA FAVORITA.Lyric 1974. Photo by David H. Fishman
Fiorenza Cossotto as Leonora in La favorita at Lyric, 1974. Photo David H. Fishman.

Carlo Bergonzi as Cavaradossi in TOSCA. Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1971. Photo by David H. Fishman
Carlo Bergonzi as Cavaradossi in Tosca. Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1971. Photo by David H. Fishman.

Sesto Bruscantini as Zurga in THE PEARL FISHERS
Sesto Bruscantini as Zurga in The Pearl Fishers.

 

 

 


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