Mario Del Monaco
(July 27, 1915 - October 16, 1982)
Mario Del Monaco was an Italian heroic tenor and is regarded by many of his admirers as being one of the greatest dramatic tenors of the 20th century.
His detractors complained he lacked the subtelty of Corelli and always sang full voice, but there is no doubting his presence on the opera stage was always memorable. He claimed his inability to sing "piano" was due to his technique.
He frequently partnered Renata Tebaldi and was well recorded. His roles included all the heroic tenor vehicles such as Giordano's Andrea Chénier, and his signature role was considered to be Verdi's Otello which he performed over 270 times.
His ringing voice and virile appearance led to his nickname "Brass Bull of Milan"
He retired from the stage in 1975 and died of nephritis in 1982.
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