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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
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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    Basic 100 Vol 21 - Handel: Messiah Highlights / Beecham
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61718 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Giorgio Tozzi,  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Monica Sinclair,  Jon Vickers
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    Verdi: Aida / Solti, Price, Vickers, Merrill
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417416 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Robert Merrill,  Rita Gorr,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
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  • 59.
    Puccini: La Boheme Highlights / Leinsdorf, Moffo, Tucker
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60189 Release Date: 06/26/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Giorgio Tozzi,  Robert Merrill,  Mary Costa,  Richard Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Verdi: Rigoletto / Perlea, Merrill, Peters, Bjoerling, Tozzi
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60172 Release Date: 05/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Robert Merrill,  Roberta Peters,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Anna Maria Rota  ... 
    Conductor:  Jonel Perlea
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
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