Wednesday, June 25, 2008

De Luca, Giuseppe

1876-1950), Italian baritone, debut at Piacenza in 1897, then sang at La Scala, Covent Garden, moved to US and became the leading baritone at the Met for 20 years(1915-35), taught at Juilliard. Toscanini is said to have called De Luca, "absolutely the best baritone I ever heard", he was praised in a wide range of roles, from buffo to bel canto to Verdi.

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