Gino Bechi

Biography

Born: October 16, 1913; Florence, Italy   Died: February 2, 1993; Florence, Italy  
Bechi was one of the leading Verdian performers in Italy during his prime, appearing in nearly all the lyric and dramatic baritone roles as well as verismo and occasional bel canto roles and several world premieres, acclaimed both for his voice and for his powerful acting. He appeared in several films, typically light romantic comedies such as Una voce nel tuo cuore, Pronto, chi parla, Amanti in fuga, and Il segreto di Don Giovanni, most of which Read more were successfully released in the United States. He studied voice in his native Florence, chiefly under Raul Frazzi, who urged him to take Titta Ruffo as a model. He made his debut in 1936 at Empoli as Germont pere in Verdi's La traviata. His Rome debut came two years later, followed by his La Scala debut as Don Carlo in Verdi's La forza del destino. He was soon a favorite and regular at both houses, starring in the world premiere of Rocca's Monte Ivnor in Rome and in Verdi's Nabucco when La Scala reopened in 1946 after World War II. His career was almost entirely in Italy, though he made his London debut at Covent Garden in 1950 as part of the La Scala tour and continued to sing there until 1953, and he also appeared in North and South America. By that time, however, his voice was showing significant signs of wear, which he attempted to mask by mannerisms and overemphasis. He retired in 1961, privately teaching students. Read less
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    Barber Of Seville
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2069 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Erminio Benatti,  Gino Bechi,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Opera Chorus,  Milan Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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    Il Mito Dell'opera - Leoncavallo: 16 Prologues To Pagliacci
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1214 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Domenico Viglione-Borghese,  Carlo Galeffi,  Robert Merrill,  Pasquale Amato  ... 
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    Verdi: Aida / Beniamino Gigli, Maria Caniglia, Ebe Stignani, Lia Serafini
    Label: Bel Canto Society   Catalog: 54 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Gino Bechi,  Maria Caniglia,  Ebe Stignani  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
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    Verdi: Aida (1953 Film Version) / Loren, Tebaldi
    Label: Immortal   Catalog: 960022 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Gino Bechi,  Ebe Stignani,  Giuseppe Campora  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Morelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 838540 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Giacomo Lauri-Volpi,  Elisabeth Rethberg,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Luigi Borgonovo  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennaro D'Angelo,  Fritz Zweig,  Roger Bourdin
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  • 6.
    Anna Moffo - A Tribute
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4383 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Gino Bechi,  Sándor Kónya,  Richard Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario,  Giuseppe Patané,  Donald Voorhees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
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    Mad About Opera (Follie Per L?opera) / Various / (Sub B&w)
    Label: Bel Canto Society   Catalog: 493 Release Date: 11/22/2005  
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Rodolfo Falvo  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Maria Caniglia,  Tito Gobbi,  Tito Schipa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
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    Opera Explained - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558080 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  David Timson,  Stefka Evstatieva,  Lina Bruna Rasa,  Giacomo Aragall  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    The Very Best Of Beniamino Gigli
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85093 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Gino Bechi,  Gino Conti,  Maria Caniglia  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Goehr,  Carlo Sabajno,  Franco Ghione,  Stanford Robinson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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    Great Voices Of The Past - Light Opera Gems
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8015 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Gino Bechi,  Ezio Pinza,  Maria Reining,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Lehár,  Percy Pitt,  Carlo Sabajno
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  • 11.
    The Earliest Testimonial / Maria Callas, Et Al
    Label: Fono Enterprise   Catalog: 1066 Release Date: 09/03/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Fedora Barbieri,  Gino Bechi,  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra,  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Chorus
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    Debut Series - Simionato - My First Record
    Label: Fono Enterprise   Catalog: 1060 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Umberto Giordano,  Francesco Paolo Neglia,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Ferruccio Tagliavini,  Giulietta Simionato,  Gino Bechi,  Gino Conti  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Argeo Quadri,  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Symphony Orchestra
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    Opernsanger Einmal Anders
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89945 Release Date: 05/28/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jerome Kern,  Oley Speaks,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Blatt,  George London,  Leonard Warren,  Ezio Pinza  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Black,  Johnny Green,  Dino Olivieri,  Hans Mielenz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Johnny Green Orchestra,  Dino Olivieri Orchestra  ... 
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    Il Mito Dell'opera - Gino Bechi
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1163 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ambroise Thomas,  Charles Gounod,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Gino Bechi
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    Great Voices Of The Past - Opera's Super Villains
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8008 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett,  Emmy Destinn,  Jussi Björling,  Apollo Granforte  ... 
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    Debut Series - Callas - 1949 - One Year, One Voice
    Label: Fono Enterprise   Catalog: 1044 Release Date: 03/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Mario Del Monaco,  Gino Bechi,  Fedora Barbieri
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Vittorio Gui,  Arturo Basile
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra,  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Chorus,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus  ... 
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    Opera Arias / Beniamino Gigli
    Label: Fono Enterprise   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Caniglia,  Ebe Stignani,  Beniamino Gigli,  Gino Bechi  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Orchestra
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    Verdi: Aida / Serafin, Tajo, Stignani, Caniglia, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 20006 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ebe Stignani,  Tancredi Pasero,  Beniamino Gigli,  Italo Tajo  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
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    Bizet: Carmen / Bellezza, Stignani, Gigli, Rome Opera, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1278 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Ebe Stignani,  Beniamino Gigli,  Gino Bechi,  Rina Gigli  ... 
    Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
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    Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Serafin, Gigli, Bechi, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 20005 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Caniglia,  Fedora Barbieri,  Elda Ribetti,  Tancredi Pasero  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
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    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Mascagni, Gigli, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 9006 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Gino Bechi,  Lina Bruna Rasa,  Maria Marcucci  ... 
    Conductor:  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Tito Gobbi
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89194 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ermenegildo Ruccione,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Gino Bechi,  Maria Caniglia
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    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia / Serafin, De Los Angeles
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 2166 Release Date: 12/01/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Anna Maria Canali,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Melchiorre Luise,  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Opera Chorus
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  • 24.
    Four Famous Italian Baritones
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89988 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Basiola,  Tito Gobbi,  Carlo Tagliabue,  Gino Bechi
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Giacomo Lauri Volpi Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89133 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giacomo Lauri-Volpi,  Gino Bechi,  Mario Basiola,  Maria Caniglia  ... 
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