(June 7, 1907, - December 25, 1979)
Mario Filippeschi was an Italian tenor, particularly associated with the Italian repertory and renowned for his ringing upper register.
Sr. Filippeschi studied voice in Milan and later in Florence and made his professional debut in Colorno, near Parma as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in 1937.
He quickly sang throughout Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, as well as Latin America, first concentrating on the lyrical roles such as the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
He was also one of the few tenors of his generation to successfully take on high lying roles as Arnold in Guglielmo Tell and Arturo in I Puritani.
After the war, he began adding more dramatic roles to his repertory and in 1950 sang in Mexico, as Radames in Aida, and as Cavaradossi in Tosca, opposite the young Maria Callas to great acclaim.
Other roles he was associated with included Manrico in Il Trovatore, Arrigo in I Vespri Siciliani, Alvaro in La Forza del Destino, Calaf in Turandot.
Filippeschi made several recordings, notably Pollione in Norma, opposite Maria Callas, and Carlo in Don Carlos, opposite Tito Gobbi and Boris Christoff.
A handsome man, Filippeschi also appeared in film versions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto, in 1946.