Mario Petri

Biography

Born: 1920   Died: 1985   Country: Italy  
High bass Mario Petri enjoyed considerable success in his native Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, essaying a variety of bass roles ranging from those of bel canto composers to early and mid-period works of Verdi. His not unattractive timbre was somewhat wooly in texture and he lacked the sheer vocal clout to compete with such low-voiced luminaries as Boris Christoff, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, and Giulio Neri, then prominent on Italian stages. Read more Nonetheless, his lithe and muscular appearance made him well-suited to a role such as Don Giovanni and his appearances as the Don won some positive notices. On-stage and on disc, his undoubted apogee occurred with a production and subsequent recording of Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri with mezzo soprano Giulietta Simionato and conductor Carlo Maria Giulini. In the latter portion of his career, Petri attempted some true baritone roles, but without the security he had shown in the bass register.

By 1950, Petri had established himself as a leading bass. He was engaged by the Glyndebourne Festival for the 1951 season; singing eight performances of the title role in Don Giovanni at the Sussex theater before traveling with the company for nine more appearances in the production at the Edinburgh Festival. In 1953, he appeared as Don Giovanni at La Scala and, in that same season, sang Creonte in Medea with Maria Callas at Florence. In February 1953, however, conductor Herbert von Karajan experienced difficulties in coaching the bass in the quasi-recitative passages of Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time. Not even the composer himself was able to make Petri comfortable with the score.

In 1955, Petri sang in a Maggio Musicale production of Tancredi received poorly by the critics; Petri's performance in Rossini's Pietra del Paragone, however, was much admired. During the 1950s, Petri was variously a member of several prominent Italian companies; in addition to La Scala and Florence, he sang in Rome, Catania, and at the Regio Emilia.

Most of Petri's recordings were taken from live performances, both on-stage and through radio broadcasts. A 1951 I Lombardi from Italian Radio, a 1958 Khovanshchina with Christoff and Rodzinski, a 1957 Nerone from Naples, and a 1968 Semiramide with Sutherland are all representative of Petri's art. Read less
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    Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, L'italiana in Algeri, La Donna del Lago, Mose
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9920 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Ornella Rovero,  Nicola Monti,  Mario Petri  ... 
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi,  Piero Bellugi,  Claudio Abbado,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin  ... 
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    Rossini: Semiramide / Bonynge, Sutherland, Sinclair, Petri
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7090 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Mario Petri,  Angela Rocco,  Monica Sinclair,  Ferruccio Mazzoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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    Verdi: I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata
    Label: Cetra   Catalog: 61431 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Miriam Pirazzini,  Renata Broilo,  Aldo Bertocci,  Mario Petri  ... 
    Conductor:  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Italian Radio Chorus Milan
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    Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Silveri, Stella, Bergonzi, Petri, Molinari-pradelli, Orchestra Sinfonica E Coro Di Roma [1951]
    Label: Cetra   Catalog: 61430 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Antonietta Stella,  Mario Petri,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Walter Monachesi  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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    Rossini: L'italiana In Algeri, Etc / Giulini, Simoniato, Sciutti, Valletti
    Label: La Scala   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Graziella Sciutti,  Mario Petri,  Cesare Valletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Joan Sutherland - Legendary Performances
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9915 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Michael Tippett,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Dino Dondi,  Giuseppe Campora,  Raina Kabaivanska  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  John Pritchard,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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    Rossini: L'italiana In Algeri, Etc / Giulini, Simoniato, Sciutti, Valletti
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48204 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Graziella Sciutti,  Mario Petri,  Cesare Valletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Grand Tier - Rossini: Mose / Sawallisch, Ghiaurov, Verrett, Petri, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7063 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Ottavio Garaventa,  Franco Ventriglia,  Fernando Jacopucci,  Teresa Zylis-Gara  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
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    Rossini: L'italiana In Algeri / Sanzogno, Palombini, Berganza, Petri
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4032 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Mario Petri,  Teresa Berganza,  Vittoria Palombini,  Sesto Bruscantini  ... 
    Conductor:  Nino Sanzogno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan RAI Chorus,  Milan RAI Orchestra
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    Verdi: Falstaff / Gobbi, Panerai, Alva, Schwarzkopf, Moffo
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 772082 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Giulietta Simionato,  Tomaso Spataro  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Debussy: Pelléas / Karajan, Petri, Schwarzkopf, Et Al
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 267 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Graziella Sciutti,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Franco Calabrese,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
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    Holnd Fstvl - A Dutch Miracle - Fifty Years - 1947-1997
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 6900 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Rudolf Escher,  Richard Strauss,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Renato Capecchi,  Teresa Berganza,  Giulietta Simionato,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  George Szell,  Jean Fournet,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Danzi Woodwind Quintet  ... 
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    Grand Tier - Rossini: La Cenerentola / Rossi, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7019 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Ornella Rovero,  Nicola Monti,  Mario Petri,  Sesto Bruscantini  ... 
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus
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    Boito: Nerone / Capuano, Picchi, Petri, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1435 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Mirto Picchi,  Mario Petri,  Giangiacomo Guelfi
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Molinari-Pradelli, Petri, Gencer, Stich-Randall, Alva
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4314 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graziella Sciutti,  Sesto Bruscantini,  Mario Petri,  Luigi Alva  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
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    Verdi: Falstaff / Toscanini, Karajan, Et Al
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 3080 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Anna Maria Canali,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Tito Gobbi  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Famous Basses Of The Past Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89943 Release Date: 12/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Cornelius,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Italo Tajo,  Gottlob Frick,  Cesare Siepi,  Raphäel Arié  ... 
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Molinari-pradelli, Petri, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1389 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leyla Gencer,  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Graziella Sciutti,  Renato Cesari  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Italian Radio Chorus Milan
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    Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Karajan, Gedda, Laszlo, Petri, Etc
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1320 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Magda László,  Nicolai Gedda,  Mario Petri,  Aldo Bertocci  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Karajan, Schwarzkopf, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1299 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mario Petri,  Luisa Villa,  Mariella Adani,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Grand Tier - Rossini: Mose / Sawallisch, Ghiaurov, Verrett, Petri, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1292 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Shirley Verrett,  Mario Petri,  Gloria Lane,  Teresa Zylis-Gara  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Mehta, Bruscantini, Berganza
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1161 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Teresa Stratas,  Nucci Condo,  Agostino Lazzari  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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    Rossini: L'italiana In Algeri / Sanzogno, Berganza, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1146 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Sesto Bruscantini,  Alvinio Misciano,  Mario Petri,  Vittoria Palombini  ... 
    Conductor:  Nino Sanzogno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Milan,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan
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    Rossini: La Cenerentola / Rossi, Berganza, Monti, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1135 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Nicola Monti,  Sesto Bruscantini,  Mario Petri  ... 
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Naples,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus
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    Rossini: Semiramide / Bonynge, Sutherland, Sinclair, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1136 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Monica Sinclair,  Angela Rocco,  Ferruccio Mazzoli,  Gino Sinimberghi  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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