Cesare Valletti

Biography

Born: December 18, 1922; Rome, Italy   Died: May 14, 2000; Genoa, Italy  
Cesare Valletti was among the more admired operatic tenors of his generation. He appeared in many of the popular operas of Verdi and Puccini, but regularly sang Mozart roles, as well, in particular Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Valletti was born in Rome on December 18, 1922. His father was a physician and provided him with a good education. Valletti studied music privately in Rome; among his teachers was the Read more popular tenor Tito Schipa. In 1947 Valletti made his official debut at the Teatro Petruzelli in Bari, singing Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata. His breakthrough came in 1950 when he sang in two important productions -- first, at the Teatro Eliseo in Rome in Rossini's Il turco in Italia with Maria Callas, and then at La Scala, where he sang Fenton from Verdi's Falstaff, a role he reprised when the company took the production to Covent Garden later that year.

Thereafter, Valletti frequently sang at La Scala. His American debut was at San Francisco singing Massenet's Werther in 1953. He debuted at the Met in December that same year singing Don Ottavio. From December 1953 to February 1960 he appeared in over 100 Met productions, nearly 80 in the 1958-1959 season alone. In 1955 Valletti sang Elvino in Bellini's La sonnambula at La Scala, with Callas as Amina and Leonard Bernstein conducting. A recording of this memorable live performance surfaced on several smaller labels later on and in the new century. The pair sang together again, in 1958 at Covent Garden in Verdi's La Traviata.

Valletti made most of his recordings in the 1950s, among them a Madama Butterfly with Anna Moffo for RCA and several of Don Giovanni and The Barber of Seville. At the height of his career Valletti suffered a crushing embarrassment: in 1960 Met manager Rudolf Bing replaced him in a production of L'elisir d'amore, and thereafter the tenor refused numerous offers to return.

Valletti remained active in the 1960s, appearing at major operatic venues mostly in Italy, such as the Maggio Musicale Festival in 1962 and 1965. He also gave recitals and concerts. Valletti retired in 1967, but made a final appearance the following year at the Caramoor Festival in New York. Besieged by liver cancer, Valletti died of a heart attack in Genoa on May 14, 2000. Read less
Verdi: La Traviata / Monteux, Carteri, Valletti
Release Date: 01/01/2012   Label: Andromeda  
Catalog: 5062   Number of Discs: 2
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Bellini: La Sonnambula / Bernstein, Callas, Valletti, Et Al
Release Date: 09/16/1997   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1139   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: La Traviata / Monteux, Carteri, Valletti, Et Al
Release Date: 07/12/2005   Label: Testament  
Catalog: 1369   Number of Discs: 2
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Donizetti: Don Pasquale / Tajo, Valletti, Noni, Bruscantini
Release Date: 04/18/2006   Label: Bel Canto Society  
Catalog: 686   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: La Traviata / Rescigno, Callas, Valletti, Zanasi, Collier
Release Date: 02/22/2011   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5006   Number of Discs: 2
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    Verdi: Rigoletto; La Traviata; Un Ballo En Maschera; Don Carlo; Falstaff
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9922 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Rita Bezzi,  Arturo La Porta,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Renata Scotto  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Nino Verchi,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Florence Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22364 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Cesare Valletti,  Rosanna Carteri,  Edward Ruhl,  Paolo Washington  ... 
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22308 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Caterina Mancini,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Gino Penno,  Lina Pagliughi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fernando Previtali,  Angelo Questa,  Mario Rossi,  Max Rudolf
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    Rosanna Carteri: A Discographic Career
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 255 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Rosanna Carteri,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Luigi Alva,  Rina Allesandri Maccagnani  ... 
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    Singers Of The Century - 40 Greats Of  The 20th Century
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2078 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Bastianini,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Richard Tucker,  Mario Del Monaco  ... 
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    Rossini: L'italiana In Algeri, Etc / Giulini, Simoniato, Sciutti, Valletti
    Label: La Scala   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Graziella Sciutti,  Mario Petri,  Cesare Valletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Taddei, Valletti, Carteri, Sanzogno
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 78 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Rosanna Carteri,  Cesare Valletti,  Giuseppe Taddei
    Conductor:  Nino Sanzogno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Verdi: La Traviata / Monteux, Carteri, Valletti
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5062 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Rina A. Maccagnani,  Dario Caselli,  Cesare Valletti,  Rosanna Carteri  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
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    Rossini: L'italiana In Algeri, Etc / Giulini, Simoniato, Sciutti, Valletti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48204 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Graziella Sciutti,  Mario Petri,  Cesare Valletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Leinsdorf, Siepi, Price, Nilsson
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 444594 Release Date: 03/10/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Birgit Nilsson,  Cesare Valletti,  Cesare Siepi  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Verdi: La Traviata / Rescigno, Callas, Valletti, Zanasi, Collier
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5006 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Marie Collier,  Ronald Lewis,  Cesare Valletti,  David Kelly  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    The Voices Of Living Stereo Vol 2 / Lanza, Price, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68167 Release Date: 03/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Eileen Farrell,  Franz Rupp,  Marian Anderson,  Richard Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Robert Russell Bennett,  Fritz Reiner,  Charles Munch  ... 
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    Donizetti: Linda Di Chamounix / Serafin, Stella, Barbieri
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442093 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Giuseppe Taddei,  Giuseppe Modesti,  Cesare Valletti,  Piero de Palma  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni - Highlights / Leinsdorf, Siepi, Nilsson, Price
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 421875 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Cesare Valletti,  Eugenia Ratti,  Leontyne Price,  Birgit Nilsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rossini: La Donna Del Lago / Serafin, Carteri, Valletti, Ruhl, Et Al
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 364 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Irene Companeez,  Paolo Washington,  Edward Ruhl,  Cesare Valletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
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    A Portrait Of Manon - Great Love Duets / Anna Moffo, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1420 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Jules Massenet,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  Anna Moffo,  Robert Merrill,  Carlo Bergonzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  René Leibowitz,  Fernando Previtali
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus  ... 
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  • 18.
    Cesare Valletti Sings Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Berlioz, Etc
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1413 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Roger Quilter,  Norman Dello Joio  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Taubman,  Cesare Valletti
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    Berlioz: L'enfance Du Christ, Les Nuits D'été / Munch, Reiner
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61234 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Florence Kopleff,  Cesare Valletti,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Gérard Souzay  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Chorus,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Maria Callas / 7 Complete Operas (14-disc Set)
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9907 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Umberto Giordano,  Gasparo Spontini  ... 
    Performer:  Virgilio Carbonari,  Piero de Palma,  Rinaldo Pelizzoni,  Ettore Bastianini  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto,  Herbert von Karajan,  Tullio Serafin,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Grand Tier - Verdi: Falstaff / De Sabata, Stabile, Tebaldi, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7041 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Paolo Silveri,  Mariano Stabile,  Mariano Caruso,  Giuseppe Nessi  ... 
    Conductor:  Victor De Sabata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 362 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Elena Rizzieri,  Dora Gatta,  Cesare Valletti,  Maria Luisa Giorgetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni, Etc / Rudolf, Taddei, Tajo, Valletti
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 308 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Antonio Zerbini,  Cesare Valletti,  Maria Curtis-Verna,  Italo Tajo  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Rudolf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Turin,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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    Donizetti: Don Pasquale / Tajo, Valletti, Noni, Bruscantini
    Label: Bel Canto Society   Catalog: 686 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Alda Noni,  Italo Tajo,  Cesare Valletti,  Sesto Bruscantini
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede
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  • 25.
    The Art Of Victoria De Los Angeles - Mozart, Puccini, Etc
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6472 Release Date: 11/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Gerald Moore,  Cesare Valletti,  Jussi Björling  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
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