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Something special

It is the intensity that Gigli puts into every note he sings that I find so special. He is giving a performance in each case. The scratchy recordings almost seem to add to the intensity level. What a treat!


Born: March 20, 1890 in Recanati, Italy

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '00s, '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s

Beniamino Gigli was the foremost Italian tenor of the 1920s through the 1940s, possessed of a smooth, lush voice with a lyric sweetness often described as "honeyed." He became a Metropolitan Opera star, singing 28 roles there, and was a legitimate heir to the tenor Enrico Caruso, who had died at the beginning of the 1920s. No one person could fill Caruso's shoes, but it was widely conceded that Gigli inherited his lyrical and romantic parts, while Giovanni Martinelli took over the more heroic roles....
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