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.

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Renata Scotto's roles at Lyric

Fiorenza Cossotto's roles at Lyric

Carlo Bergonzi's roles at Lyric

Sesto Bruscantini's roles at Lyric

Main photo: Fiorenza Cossotto as Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera. Photo by Tony Romano.
Audio photo: Giuliano Ciannella (Mario Cavaradossi) and Renata Scotto (Floria Tosca) in Tosca, 1987. Photo by Tony Romano.