Piero Cappuccilli

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Piero Cappuccilli after a performance of Verdi's Masked Ball at the Covent Garden Opera House, January 1975

Piero Cappuccilli (born November 9, 1929 in Trieste , Italy ; † July 12, 2005 there ) was an Italian opera singer ( baritone ) and singing teacher .


The Cappuccilli, discovered by a music critic , made his debut in 1956 at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan as Tonio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and began his international career in 1960 at the New York Metropolitan Opera . Since the 1960s, Cappuccilli has been one of the leading Italian baritones and a sought-after guest star on all major opera stages worldwide. From 1964 he sang at La Scala in Milan , where he was used in thirteen season openings until 1980. In the 1970s he appeared several times at the Salzburg Festival .

In 1992 Cappuccilli had to end his career as a singer due to the health consequences of a serious car accident and has taught singing ever since.


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