Death of a dominant baritone, 75main
The Italian baritone Claudio Desderi has passed away.
After a 1969 debut at the Edinburgh Festival in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino, he bacame a fixture at Salzburg, Glyndebourne and Pesaro in Mozart and Rossini roles.
He central achievement was at La Scala, Milan, where he sang inLa Cenerentola and l’Italiana in Algeri conducted by Claudio Abbado and directed by J-P Ponnelle, and in the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy conducted by Riccardo Muti and directed by G Strehler.
He was also known as a formidable teacher.