Pinza: Italian born American opera performer
Pinza; Opera singer Pinza; Pinza of "South Pacific";
Pinza of Broadway; He played Emile in “South Pacific”
2 times a year
Pinza & Lana Turner – “Let Me Look At You”
Italian bass Ezio Pinza (18 May 1892 - 9 May 1957) was one of the
outstanding opera singers of the first half of the 20th century.
He spent twenty-two seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera,
appearing in more than 750 performances of fifty operas.
was born in Rome and grew up in Ravenna. He studied at Bologna's
Conservatorio Martini. His operatic debut was in 1914 as Oroveso
in Norma in Cremona.
World War I, he debuted at Rome in 1919 and Milan's La Scala in
February, 1922. Pinza's Met debut came November 1926 in
Spontini's La Vestale, with famed American soprano Rosa Ponselle
in the title role. In 1929, he sang Don Giovanni, a role with
which he was subsequently to become closely identified. He
subsequently added the Mozart roles Figaro (in 1940) and Sarastro
(in 1942) to his repertoire, as well as a vast number of Italian
operatic roles of Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi, as well as
Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (sung in Italian).
retiring from the Met in 1948, Pinza embarked on a second career
on Broadway. In April 1949, he appeared in the Rodgers and
Hammerstein musical South Pacific and his operatic, expressive
performance of "Some Enchanted Evening" made him a
matinee idol and a national celebrity. He also appeared in the
Broadway production of Fanny in 1954, opposite Florence
died at age 64. His funeral was held at the Cathedral of St. John
the Divine in New York City.
Pinza could not sight-read a musical score. He would listen to
his part being played on the piano, and having heard it, he could
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