Giorgio Tozzi

Biography

Born: January 8, 1923; Chicago, IL  
An eminent opera singer, bass-baritone Giorgio Tozzi is also thoroughly at home in American musical theater. He began to study singing at the age of thirteen. Entering Chicago's DePaul University with the intention of becoming a biologist, he changed his mind and studied voice with Rosa Raisa, Giacomo Rimini, and John Daggett Howell. His operatic debut was in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten's chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia, as Read more Tarquinius, which was a 1948 Broadway production rather than an opera presentation. In 1949, he went to London to sing in a musical, Tough at the Top. He remained in Europe to study in Milan with Giulio Lorandi. Tozzi's Italian debut was at Milan's Teatro Nuovo as Rodolfo in La sonnambula; his La Scala debut was in 1953, in Catalani's La Wally. He returned to the United States, where his first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera was in 1955, in La Gioconda. Tozzi then joined the Metropolitan company, staying there until 1973. As his operatic career developed, Tozzi maintained a keen interest in musicals, starring in several acclaimed productions. His performance in the Broadway revival of Most Happy Fella brought him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. In 1957, Tozzi won the Critics' Award for Best Actor in a Musical for the production of South Pacific in San Francisco, opposite Mary Martin. He was also on the sound track of the film South Pacific as the voice of Emile Debeque, acted by Rosanno Brazzi. The soundtrack of that film brought Tozzi a gold record from RCA Victor, and he also won three Grammy Awards. In 1958, he created the role of The Doctor in the world premiere of Samuel Barber's Vanessa at the Met. Other roles in his repertoire were the title role in Musorgsky's Boris Godunov, King Philip in Don Carlo, Mephistopheles in Gounod's Faust, the title role of Don Giovanni, Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Don Basilio in Rossini's Barber of Seville, Gurnemanz in Parsifal, Arkel in Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, King Marke in Tristan und Isolde, and Hans Pogner in Die Meistersinger. Tozzi's appearance in the Hamburg Opera's film Die Meistersinger, as Hans Sachs, is, he says, his proudest professional achievement. He also filmed his roles as Boris Godunov and as King Melchior in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Tozzi has sung in all the great opera houses. In his 20 years with the Metropolitan, he sang 400 performances. In addition to his work in operas in musicals, Tozzi has often appeared on film and television in singing and non-singing roles. Throughout his career, Tozzi has been an enthusiastic teacher, always eager to encourage younger musicians. During his tenure at the Met, Tozzi taught at the Juilliard School in New York City. In 1991, became a professor at the Indiana University School of Music. Read less
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Ludwig, Tozzi
Release Date: 02/27/2007   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 101273   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer - Highlights / Dorati, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 452731 Release Date: 04/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  George London,  Rosalind Elias,  Leonie Rysanek,  Giorgio Tozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Cult Opera of the 1970s / Hamburg State Opera
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101261 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Gian Carlo Menotti,  Alban Berg,  Richard Wagner,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  William Workman,  Kurt Marschner,  Raymond Wolansky,  Ursula Boese  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthias Kuntzsch,  Bruno Maderna,  Leopold Ludwig,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Children's Chorus,  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Berlioz: L'enfance Du Christ, Les Nuits D'été / Munch, Reiner
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61234 Release Date: 12/05/2007   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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  • 29.
    Franco Corelli - 7 Complete Operas
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9902 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Tito Gobbi,  Mafalda Micheluzzi,  Mario Carlin  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Lovro von Matacic,  Antonino Votto  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Milan,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 30.
    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Ludwig, Tozzi
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101273 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Richard Cassilly,  Ernst Wiemann,  Toni Blankenheim,  Giorgio Tozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg State Opera Chorus,  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Festspieldokumente - Barber: Vanessa / Mitropoulos, Steber
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 653062 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Ira Malaniuk,  Rosalind Elias,  Alois Pernerstorfer  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 32.
    Legendary Performances Of Franco Corelli - 7 Operas
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 5602 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Bastianini,  Kurt Equiluz,  Giulietta Simionato,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Antonino Votto  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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  • 33.
    Label: Myto Records   Catalog: 42087 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Piero de Palma,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Eleanor [Soprano Vocals] Steber,  Vito Susca  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
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  • 34.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Romeo Et Juliette / Munch, BSO
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 34168 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Rosalind Elias,  Pablo Valetti,  Giorgio Tozzi
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
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  • 35.
    Renata Tebaldi - The Classic Puccini Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473045 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Ezio Giordano,  Mario Del Monaco,  Gaetano Fanelli,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Franco Capuana,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 36.
    The Voice Of Romance / Bartoli, Bergonzi, Carreras, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472630 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Eldo Di Lazzaro,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Susanne Marsee,  Beverly Sills  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Herbert von Karajan,  Henry Mancini,  Leone Magiera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mancini Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Gavazzeni, Gobbi, Panerai, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1351 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Rolando Panerai,  Giuseppe Zampieri  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 38.
    Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West / Capuana, Tebaldi, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 421595 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Bianca Maria Casoni,  Mario Del Monaco,  Piero de Palma,  Michele Cazzato  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Verdi: Rigoletto / Cleva, Warren, Peters, Tucker, Tozzi
    Label: Grand Tier   Catalog: 4995 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Roberta Peters,  Leonard Warren,  Giorgio Tozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
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  • 40.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer / Dorati, London, Rysanek
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 417319 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Leonie Rysanek,  Karl Liebl,  Richard Lewis,  Rosalind Elias  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 41.
    Puccini: La Boheme / Beecham, De Los Angeles, Bjorling
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67753 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  Robert Merrill,  John Reardon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Columbus Boychoir,  RCA Victor Chorus
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  • 42.
    Puccini's Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63755 Release Date: 02/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Angela Gheorghiu,  Ben Heppner,  Birgit Nilsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Tullio Serafin,  Edward Downes,  Roberto Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Sutherland, Corelli, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1217 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Giorgio Tozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 44.
    Wagner: Flying Dutchman / London, Rysanek, Dorati
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460738 Release Date: 12/18/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Richard Lewis,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Leonie Rysanek,  Karl Liebl  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 45.
    Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor / Leinsdorf, Peerce, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68537 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Roberta Peters,  Jan Peerce,  Philip Maero,  Giorgio Tozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Verdi: Requiem, Quattro Pezzi Sacri / Reiner, Mehta, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 444833 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Rosalind Elias,  Jussi Björling,  Giorgio Tozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Master Chorale,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 4 - Konzertarien 1956-1970
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394401 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Peter Schreier,  Ingeborg Hallstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Paumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 48.
    Sir Thomas Beecham Conducts Handel's Messiah
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61266 Release Date: 07/14/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Jon Vickers,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Monica Sinclair
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Jussi Bjorling- Pearl Fishers Duet, Etc / Tebaldi, Merrill
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7799 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Robert Merrill,  Jussi Björling,  Emil Markow,  Tommaso Frascati  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Jonel Perlea
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
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    Jussi Björling - Opera Arias / Leinsdorf, Rome Opera
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5934 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Renata Tebaldi,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Fernando Corena
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini,  Jonel Perlea,  Nils Grevillius,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
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