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Ezio Pinza


Ezio Pinza (Fortunato Pinza) was probably one of the most popular and important basses from the twentieth hundred years. Given birth to in Rome in 1892, he originally wished to make a profession in sports, or simply anatomist, but after finding his tone of voice he began research at Ravenna and Bologna. He produced his debut in the city of Spezia as Oroveso in Bellini’s Norma in 1914, but his profession was soon postponed by service within the Italian Military during World Battle I. Following the battle, he sang on the Teatro Verdi in Florence in 1919 and the Teatro Costanzi in Rome where he sang leading jobs in La Forza del Destino, La Gioconda, Il barbière di Siviglia, and Aida. He produced his Teatro alla Scala debut in 1921 as Pogner in Die Meistersinger. This as well as other German jobs in Tristan und Isolde and Salome had been sung in Italian translations. He sang Tagellino within the premiere of Boito’s Nerone in 1924. During this time period, he also sang in Naples, Turin, as well as other Italian opera homes. His Metropolitan Opera debut emerged in 1926 as Pontifex Maximus in Spontini’s La Vestale. He sang there for another 22 years, and was significantly respected for his interpretations of leading Verdi jobs in La Forza del Destino, Simon Boccanegra, Aida, and Rigoletto. A lot more essential was his involvement within the revivals of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro; his importance towards the success of the productions can’t be overestimated, along with his visual appearance having just as much regarding his popularity as his outstanding vocal skills. Pinza was similarly popular in a number of French operas including Gounod’s Faust, Delibes’ Lakme, and Bizet’s Carmen. His Russian jobs included Ruler Didon in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or (in France) and Boris Godunov (in Italian). Various other essential jobs on the Metropolian Opera had been Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Basilio in Il barbière di Siviglia and the daddy in Louise. Pinza also made an appearance regularly in European countries at Covent Backyard, the Paris Opera, Salzburg Celebration, Florence, and Vienna Condition Opera. He made an appearance every season on the Teatro Digestive tract in Buenos Aires from 1925 until 1932. In america, he also sang in Chicago and SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. Later in his profession, he appeared along with his little girl Claudia Pinza, who acquired a minor profession performing leading soprano jobs. After his pension in the opera stage, he produced an effective Broadway debut in South Pacific and afterwards in Fanny. He also made an appearance in several movies. The tone of voice of Ezio Pinza was a wealthy basso cantante. He previously an easy beauty of phrasing, that is exhibited in almost all of his recordings. He was in a drawback from a few of his co-workers because he cannot read music, but this designed that he was even more ready to follow the idea of the conductor and, certainly, he was a popular of Arturo Toscanini, Tullio Serafin, and Bruno Walter. He could sing the baritone part of Escamillo in Carmen as very easily because so many baritones. Although he previously the lower records of the bass, they didn’t have the existence usually from the accurate bass tone of voice, which designed that his Sarastro (The Magic Flute) had not been as effectual as his Figaro or Don Giovanni. He willingly undertook smaller sized functions such as for example Ferrando in Il Trovatore and Colline in La Bohème.

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Full Name Ezio Pinza
Died May 9, 1957, Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Profession Actor, Opera Singer
Nationality Italian
Children Claudia Pinza, Peter Pinza, Clelia Pinza
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Some Enchanted Evening - South Pacific, Pupille Nere, This Nearly Was Mine, You belong to my heart, Madamina!, Lungi Dal Caro Bene, Donzelle, Fuggite, Alma Mia, Luna rossa, Let me look at you, Nel Cor Piu Non Mi Sento, South Pacific - Original Broadway Cast Recording: Some Enchanted Evening, Caro mio ben, Calm As The Night, South Pacific - Original Broadway Cast Recording: This Was Nearly Mine, non piu andrai, Dormiro sol nel manto mio regal, La calunnia, Bella cosi, madonna, Legeres hirondelles, Il lacerato spirito, Fanny: Be Kind To Your Parents, Fanny: Montage, Fanny: Birthday Song, I like you, Never Too Late for Love, Love is a very light thing, Welcome Home, Mignon: Légères hirondelles, Why be afraid to dance, Act I Scene 2: Aria: Madamina, il catalogo e questo, Fanny: Welcome Home
Albums La Forza del destino (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: Bruno Walter), Sings Italian Songs, Mozart: Don Giovanni, Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ezio Pinza (Vol. 4), The Golden Years of Ezio Pinza, Volume 2, Bruno Walter Conducts Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ezio Pinza (Vol.5), Mozart Operatic Arias, Some Enchanted Evening, From Ezio Pinza's Treasure Chest, Tonight We Sing, The Genius of Ezio Pinza, The Greatest Hits Collection, Club 99, Montemezzi: L'Amore dei Tre Re (New York 1941), The Greatest Hits, Operatic Recital, Don Giovanni, Lebendige Vergangenheit - Four Famous Basses of the Past, Arias, Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ezio Pinza, The Golden Years of Ezio Pinza, Volume 1, Ezio Pinza: Recital, Golden Hits, Forever Ezio Pinza, An Evening with Ezio Pinza, L'immortel Gigli (Mono Version), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera 09.12.1944), Louise, The First Recordings, The Art Of Ezio Pinza, Opernsänger einmal anders, Verdi, Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ezio Pinza (Vol. 2), Tonight We Sing (O.S.T - 1953), One Song, Giuseppe Verdi : The Best of the Best, The Remarkable Ezio Pinza, Truly Ezio Pinza, I Will Always Love Ezio Pinza, Gounod : Faust, Golden Greats - Ezio Pinza, Great Voices of the Opera: Alexander Kipnis & Ezio Pinza, I Grandi Bassi, Prima Voce: Pinza, The Outstanding Ezio Pinza, Just Ezio Pinza
Movies Tonight We Sing, Strictly Dishonorable, Mr. Imperium, Carnegie Hall, General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein
TV Shows Bonino

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General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie Emile de Becque (segment 'South Pacific')
Season's Greetings 1953 TV Movie
Bonino 1953 TV Series Babbo Bonino
Tonight We Sing 1953 Feodor Chaliapin
Hollywood Opening Night 1953 TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents 1952 TV Series Tony Valeri
All Star Revue 1951-1952 TV Series Guest Opera Bass Vocalist / Guest Opera Singer
The Ezio Pinza Show 1952 TV Series Series Host
Strictly Dishonorable 1951 Count Augustino 'Gus' Caraffa
Mr. Imperium 1951 Prince Alexis aka Mr. Imperium
Carnegie Hall 1947 Ezio Pinza



The Last Station 2009 performer: "Gente, gente, all'armi, all'armi" - as Pinza
Big Night 1996 performer: "Giordani, Caro Mio Ben"
Only You 1994 performer: "Some Enchanted Evening"
My Life 1993 performer: "Some Enchanted Evening"
The Blues Brothers 1980 performer: "ANEMA E CORE UNTIL"
What's My Line? 1955 TV Series performer - 1 episode
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie performer: "Wedding Proposal Scene"
Season's Greetings 1953 TV Movie performer: "Panis Angelicus"
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1952 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Strictly Dishonorable 1951 performer: "Everything I Have Is Yours" uncredited, "La veau d'or" uncredited, "Se a caso madama" uncredited, "Aria"
Mr. Imperium 1951 performer: "Let Me Look At You", "Andiamo", "Solamente una vez You Belong To My Heart" uncredited
Rehearsal: The Telephone Hour 1947 Short performer: "L' Ultima Canzone" fragment, "La ci darem la mano", "Le cor"
Carnegie Hall 1947 performer: "Il lacerato spirito", "Fin ch'han dal vino" - uncredited



The Ed Sullivan Show 1954-1955 TV Series Himself
A.N.T.A. Album of 1955 1955 TV Movie Himself
The Name's the Same 1955 TV Series Himself - Contestant
What's My Line? 1953-1955 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself
Person to Person 1954 TV Series documentary Himself - Singer
The Martha Raye Show 1954 TV Series Himself
The Dave Garroway Show 1953 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1951-1953 TV Series Himself - Singer
All Star Revue 1951-1953 TV Series Himself - Guest Opera Bass Singer / Himself - Host
The Kate Smith Evening Hour 1951 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1951 TV Series Himself
We, the People 1949 TV Series Himself
Rehearsal: The Telephone Hour 1947 Short Himself
Salzburg, die Festspielstadt 1939 Documentary short Don Giovanni

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Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II 2012 TV Movie documentary Emile de Becque
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Emile de Becque (in 'South Pacific')
Great Performances 1998 TV Series Feodor Chaliapin in "Tonight We Sing"
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years 1997 TV Movie documentary Actor 'South Pacific' (uncredited)
Only You 1994 Himself (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story 1951 Documentary

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