Ezio Flagello

Biography

Born: January 28, 1931; New York, NY   Died: March 19, 2009; Palm Bay, FL  
Ezio Flagello was a colorful and popular American bass from the mid-'50s to 1987, the year of his retirement. His fame owed much, of course, to his many successful performances on the world's operatic stages, but he also appeared on several popular television shows and in the 1974 Academy Award-winning film The Godfather Part II playing the Impresario. Flagello sang with the Metropolitan Opera for 27 years and was a favorite with audiences there. Read more His range of repertory was uncommonly broad, taking in disparate roles in the works of Mozart (Leporello), Bellini (Rodolfo), Verdi (Sparafucile) , Wagner (Pogner), Puccini (the Jailer), Barber (Enobarbus), and many others. He made numerous recordings, of which a good many are still widely available from labels that include Decca, Citadel, Myto, and Gala. Among his most highly praised recordings are of La Sonnambula and Don Giovanni.

Flagello was born in New York City on January 28, 1931. His older brother was famed composer Nicolas Flagello. Ezio followed his brother's lead in choosing to study music at the Manhattan School of Music. His most important voice teachers there were John Brownlee and Friedrich Schorr.

Flagello's biographies will state that his official debut was at the 1955 Empire State Festival, where he sang Dulcamara in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. True enough, but a more important debut took place the previous year when he appeared on the television show Ed Sullivan's The Toast of the Town (June 6) with other notables that included Victor Borge.

Flagello debuted at the Met in 1957 as the Jailer in Puccini's Tosca. He appeared in numerous important roles at the Met over the years (528 performances), singing for the last time there on December 17, 1984, in Rossini's The Barber of Seville as Dr. Bartolo. He also appeared on many of the Met radio broadcasts during this period.

Because of Flagello's portly appearance and good-natured personality, he was not only a good fit physically -- not to mention vocally -- for many buffo roles in opera, but a colorful character for potential crossover audiences, like that of the Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson, on which he appeared on March 29, 1971.

Among Flagello's last appearances in concert was the 1987 Rossini Stabat Mater, presented in Jacksonville, FL. His more memorable recordings include the song cycle The Land, a work written by his brother and conducted by him, available on Citadel Records. Read less

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Born: January 28, 1931; New York, NY   Died: March 19, 2009; Palm Bay, FL  
Ezio Flagello was a colorful and popular American bass from the mid-'50s to 1987, the year of his retirement. His fame owed much, of course, to his many successful performances on the world's operatic stages, but he also appeared on several popular television shows and in the 1974 Academy Award-winning film The Godfather Part II playing the Impresario. Flagello sang with the Metropolitan Opera for 27 years and was a favorite with audiences there. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Rigoletto: Prelude
Act I: Della mia bella incognita borghese
Act I: Questa o quella
Act I: Partite? Crudele!
Act I: Gran nuova!
Act I: Ch' io gli parli
Act II: Quel vecchio maledivami!
Act II: Pari siamo! Io la lingua
Act II: Figlia! - Mio padre!
Act II: Ah! veglia, o donna
Act II: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi
Act II: Che m' ami, deh! ripetimi
Act II: Gualtier Maldè; Caro nome
Act II: Riedo! perchè?
Act II: Zitti, zitti, moviamo a vendetta
Rigoletto: Act III: Ella mi fu rapita!; Parmi veder le lagrime
Act III: Duca, Duca?
Act III: Possente amor mi chiama
Act III: Povero Rigoletto!
Act III: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata
Act III: Mio padre! - Dio! mia Gilda!
Act III: Tutte le feste al tempio
Act III: Schiudete!
Act III: Sì, vendetta, tremenda vendetta
Act IV: E l'ami? - Sempre
Act IV: La donna è mobile
Act IV: E là il vostr'uomo
Act IV: Un di, se ben rammentomi
Act IV: Bella figlia dell'amore
Act IV: Venti scudi hai tu detto?
Act IV: Ah, più non ragiono!
Act IV: Ancor c'è mezz'ora
Act IV: Della vendetta alfin
Act IV: Chi è mai?
Act IV: V'ho ingannato, colpevole fui
Act IV: Lassù in cielo
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - All'erta! All'erta! L'alba appari
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - O di Cromwell guerrieri
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - Or dove fuggo mai?
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - Ah! per sempre io ti perdei
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - O amato zio, o mio secondo padre!
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - Sai com'arde in petto mio
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - Ad Arturo onore
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - A te, o cara
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - I rito augusto si compia senza me
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - Son vergin vezzosa
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - Ferma! Invan, invan rapir pretendi!
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - Dov'è Arturo?
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - Ma tu già mi fuggi?
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 2 - Ah dolor! Ah terror!
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 2 - Cinta di fiori
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 2 - E di morte lo stral non sarà lento
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 2 - O rendetemi la speme
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 2 - Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 2 - Il rival salvar tu dei
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 3 - Son salvo, alfin son salvo
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 3 - A una fonte afflitto e solo
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 3 - Fini...me lassa!
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 3 - Vieni, vieni fra questa braccia
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 3 - Ancor s'ascolta questa suon molesto
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 3 - Credeasi, misera!
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 3 - Suon d'araldi?
Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - Son vergin vezzosa
Son vergin vezzosa
Bella Venezia!
Nella fatal di Rimini
Senti. La danza invitaci
Tranquillo ei posa
Com' è bello!
Si voli il primo a cogliere
Ciel! - Che vegg'io?
Di pescatore ignobile
Gente appressa - io ti lascio
Maffio Orsini, signora, son io
Nel veneto corteggio
Viva! Evviva! Viva! Viva!
Addio, Gennaro.
Qui che fai?
Lucrezia Borgia: Tutto eseguisti?
Così turbata?
Soli noi siamo.
E sì avverso a Gennaro
Trafitto tosto ei sia
Guai se ti sfugge un moto
Infelice! Il veleno bevesti
Rischiarata è la finestra
Sei tu? - Son io.
Onde a lei ti mostri grato
A noi s'invola
Viva il Madera!
Il segreto per esser felici
La gioia de' profani
Tu pur qui? Non sei fuggito?
M' odi, ah! m' odi
Maffio muore
Era desso il figlio mio


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