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
Browse 1-25 of 25 Available Recordings
1
  • 1.
    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  ... 
    CD: $21.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $21.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 2.
    Verdi: Nabucco / Gui, Callas, Bechi
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1491 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Gino Sinimberghi,  Gino Bechi
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $15.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 3.
    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  ... 
    Recommendation
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 4.
    La Scala Edition, Volume 2 - 1916-1946
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64864 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Arrigo Boito,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Riccardo Stracciari,  Elvira De Hidalgo,  Nazzareno de Angelis,  Dino Borgioli  ... 
    Conductor:  Giorgio Polacco,  Carlo Sabajno,  Angelo Albergoni,  Lorenzo Molajoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
    Recommendation
    ArkivCD $49.99
    Special Order
    ArkivCD:  $49.99 Add to Cart

  • 5.
    Giordano: Andrea Chenier / De Fabritiis, Gigli, Caniglia
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 69996 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Maria Huder,  Giulietta Simionato,  Vittoria Palombini,  Italo Tajo  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
    ArkivCD $33.99
    Special Order
    ArkivCD:  $33.99 Add to Cart

  • 6.
    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Mascagni, Gigli, Rasa
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 69987 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Lina Bruna Rasa,  Gino Bechi,  Maria Marcucci,  Giulietta Simionato  ... 
    Conductor:  Pietro Mascagni,  Carlo Sabajno,  Rinaldo Zamboni,  Umberto Berrettoni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
    ArkivCD $33.99
    Special Order
    ArkivCD:  $33.99 Add to Cart

  • 7.
    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
    DVD: $28.99
    Low Stock
    DVD:  $28.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 8.
    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
    On sale! $18.98
    DVD: $16.99
    Back Order
    On sale!   $18.98   DVD:  $16.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 9.
    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  ... 
    CD: $12.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 10.
    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
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $15.99
    Back Order
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 11.
    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  ... 
    On sale! $22.98
    CD: $18.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 12.
    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
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 13.
    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  ... 
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $15.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 14.
    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
    On sale! $27.98
    CD: $22.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $27.98   CD:  $22.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 15.
    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
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $15.99
    Back Order
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 16.
    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
    On sale! $27.98
    CD: $22.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $27.98   CD:  $22.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 17.
    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
    On sale! $22.98
    CD: $18.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 18.
    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
    On sale! $52.98
    CD: $41.99
    Back Order
    On sale!   $52.98   CD:  $41.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 19.
    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
    On sale! $22.98
    CD: $19.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 20.
    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  ... 
    On sale! $19.98
    CD: $16.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $19.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 21.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Gino Bechi
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89009 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani
    Performer:  Gino Bechi,  Giacomo Lauri-Volpi,  Gina Bernelli,  Tancredi Pasero
    Conductor:  Remo Arduini,  Vincenzo Bellezza,  Umberto Berrettoni,  Renato Arduini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
    On sale! $22.98
    CD: $19.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 22.
    Prima Voce Sampler
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1430 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Amand Mangold,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Frieda Hempel,  Tiana Lemnitz,  Erna Berger  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Gustav Cloëz,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
    CD: $12.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 23.
    Prima Voce - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci / Gigli
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7843 Release Date: 07/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Leone Paci,  Mario Basiola II,  Giuseppe Nessi  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Ghione,  Pietro Mascagni
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 24.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Tancredi Pasero Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89074 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Ennio Porrino,  Arrigo Boito  ... 
    Performer:  Tancredi Pasero,  Gino Bechi,  Gina Bernelli
    Conductor:  Antonio Sabino,  Ugo Tansini,  Luigi Ricci,  Dick Marzollo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Chorus  ... 
    On sale! $22.98
    CD: $19.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 25.
    Prima Voce - Giacomo Lauri-Volpi Sings Verdi
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7853 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giacomo Lauri-Volpi,  Mario Basiola,  Maria Caniglia,  Elisabeth Rethberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Gino Marinuzzi,  Rosario Bourdon,  Fritz Zweig,  Carlo Sabajno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

1