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Piero Capuccilli

Piero Cappuccilli

(November 9, 1929 - July 11, 2005)

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Piero Cappuccilli was an Italian operatic baritone, particularly associated with Verdi roles, especially Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra.

He was widely regarded as one of the finest Italian baritones of the second half of the 20th century.

He made his official operatic debut in 1957 and in 1960, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, singing Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, which, sadly, was to be his only performance at the Met.

Cappuccilli spent most of his career singing in Europe, with only infrequent travels to North and South America. He made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in 1964, as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and in 1967 he debuted at the Royal Opera House in London as Germont.

In 1978, he appeared as Amonasro in Aida at the Vienna State Opera and frequently worked with the greatest European conductors including Von Karajan, Gavazzeni, Abbado, and Kleiber.

Cappuccilli was a highly respected "Verdi baritone", where his beautiful voice, and dignified stage presence, were shown to their best advantage.

He left an impressive discography. He recorded Lucia di Lammermoor twice, first with Maria Callas in 1959, and with Beverly Sills in 1970. His other notable recordings include Rigoletto, (with Ileana Cotrubas and Placido Domingo, under Carlo Maria Giulini), Macbeth with Shirley Verrett, and Simon Boccanegra, with Mirella Freni and Nicolai Ghiaurov, both under the baton of Claudio Abbado.

Cappuccilli sang until an automobile accident in 1992 ended his stage career. He died in Trieste, at the age of 78.

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