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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  • 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  ... 
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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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    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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    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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    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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  • 6.
    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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    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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  • 8.
    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  ... 
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  • 9.
    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
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  • 10.
    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  ... 
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