Tito Gobbi

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Tito Gobbi (24 October 1913 – 5 March 1984) was an Italian operatic baritone with an international reputation.

He made his operatic debut in Gubbio in 1935 as Count Rodolfo in Bellini's La sonnambula and quickly appeared in Italy major opera houses. By the time he retired in 1979 he had acquired a repertoire of almost 100 operatic roles. They ranged from Rossini's Barber through Donizetti and the standard Verdi and Puccini baritone roles to Alban Berg's Wozzeck. He had a worldwide career as operatic baritone, appearing in (or recording the singing role) for over 25 films and, from the mid-1960s onward, was the stage director for about ten different operas which were given close to 35 productions throughout Europe and North America, including a significant number in Chicago for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Gobbi and Tilda had a daughter, Cecilia, who now runs the "Associazione Musicale Tito Gobbi", an organization devoted to preserving and celebrating the record of her father's contribution to opera. He was also the brother-in-law of one of his famous colleagues at Covent Garden, the Bulgarian-born bass, Boris Christoff. Gobbi retired in 1979 and died in Rome in 1984, aged 70.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1953 Tosca (1953 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Victor de Sabata 9
1977 L'Oracolo Leoni; Sutherland, Gobbi, Bonynge 1
1986 Il Barbiere di Siviglia Gioachino Rossini; Maria Callas, Luigi Alva, Tito Gobbi, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, Alceo Galliera 3
1987 Il trittico: Il tabarro / Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi (1976/77 studio casts) Puccini; Cotrubaş, Scotto, Horne, Gobbi, Domingo, Wixell, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 1
1989 Tosca (1964 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Tito Gobbi, Chœurs du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Georges Prêtre 2
1992 Il trittico: Il tabarro / Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi Giacomo Puccini; Victoria de los Ángeles, Tito Gobbi, Giacinto Prandelli, Fedora Barbieri, Paolo Montarsolo, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Vincenzo Bellezza, Tullio Serafin, Gabriele Santini 2
1994 La bohème (1961 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Scotto, Gianni Poggi, Jolanda Meneguzzer, Tito Gobbi, Chorus & Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Antonino Votto 2
1999 Nabucco Highlights Giuseppe Verdi; Tito Gobbi, Elena Souliotis 1
2006 Madama Butterfly (1954 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Tito Gobbi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Victoria de los Ángeles 1
Otello Verdi; Jon Vickers, Leonie Rysanek, Tito Gobbi, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Tullio Serafin 1
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi / Verdi: Scenes from Don Carlo & Simon Boccanegra Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi; Tito Gobbi, Victoria de los Ángeles, Gabriele Santini, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Ten Top Baritones & Basses Leo Nucci, Samuel Ramey, Martti Talvela, Fernando Corena, Tito Gobbi, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Paata Burchuladze, Ettore Bastianini, Sherrill Milnes & Nicolaï Ghiaurov 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi; Tito Gobbi, Elena Suliotis, Carlo Cava, Bruno Prevedi, Vienna Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Lamberto Gardelli 2

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