Jul 28, 2014
By Andy Johnson
The Italian tenor, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi’s operas, has died at the age of 90. Carlo Bergonzi was born in the province of Parma close to Verdi’s hometown. He started his studies at age 16 as a baritone and only discovered later that his true range was that of a tenor. Bergonzi made his international debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and went on to a 32 year career. In a tribute, the Met remembered the “beauty and warmth of his singing”. He also sang frequently at La Scala in Milan and the Arena in Verona. Bergonzi ended his artistic career in 1995 and devoted the remainder of his life to teaching singing. No cause of death was given.