(September 24, 1922 – January 25, 1967)
Ettore Bastianini was an Italian bass baritone opera singer
He had a prolific international career between 1945 and 1965 which was cut short by throat cancer. He began his professional career as a bass working in opera houses throughout Italy and he toured Egypt and Venezuela during the 1940s.
In 1952 he launched his career as a baritone that quickly earned him worldwide acclaim and brought him to the stages of many of the major opera houses in Europe and the United States.
He was a frequent performer at La Scala and the Vienna State Opera as well as the Metropolitan Opera between 1954-1957 and again in 1965 during the last year of his career.
Among the many roles he performed was the Bonz in Madama Butterfly, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Ettore Bastianini gave his first broadcast recital for the Italian Radio on 29 December 1950 and his final operatic appearance was as Posa in Verdi's "Don Carlo" at the Met on 11 December 1965.
He died in January 1967 and was buried in Siena. It was ironic and sad that a man with such a glorious voice was dogged throughout his short career by the throat cancer that ultimately took his life.
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