Biography of Éttore Bastianini (1922-1967)

Italian baritone, born in Siena on September 24, 1922 and died on January 25, 1967 in Sirmione. After starting his career as under, he made his debut as Colline in La Bohème by Puccini, his voice has evolved to the tessitura of baritone, where he made one of the most brilliant careers in our century. He is considered as one of the best Verdi baritones, though his phrasing not highlighted by the delicacy or the adequacy to the text. He sang for the first time as a baritone in 1951 as Giorgio Germont in La Traviatta of Verdi. In 1954, he made his debut at la Scala with Eugenio Oneguin of Tchaikovsky and the following year, he shared cast with María Callas in La Traviatta. For ten years, he was singer to headline at the Scala Theatre, he joined the Metropolitan in New York. He died, at the peak of his career, as a result of a cancer in the vocal cords.