Monthly Archives: October 2008

Cesare Valletti

Born in Rome in 1922, Cesare Valletti was the leading tenore di grazia of the 1950’s. A while back Malley Keelan asked me to post something about the late Roman tenor; this is it. Valletti’s tenure at the Met coincided with those of some of the 20th century’s greatest tenors. In 1956, for example, Björling,…

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Mascagni's Amica in Rome

Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera ended a run of six consecutive performances of Mascagni’s 1905 opera Amica on October 12. It was presented in its original French with Italian surtitles. Word about the opera’s lack of content must have gotten around town because the final performance was so sparsely attended that the performers may have outnumbered the…

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