Death of Italy’s longest-running tenor, aged 100

Death of Italy’s longest-running tenor, aged 100


norman lebrecht

May 15, 2020

Angelo Lo Forese died yesterday in Milan, six weeks after reaching his centenary.

After a 1952 Trovatore debut in Morocco, he sang in more than 80 operas on three continents. The title of his memoirs is ‘The Tenor with the packed suitcase under his bed’.

He was in fine voice well into his 90s.

Here’s how he hit a high C. Old school.

And here he goes at 92.



  • pastore says:

    Check out his Turiddu – Santuzza diet with Simionato.

    • RobL says:

      It — and the entire opera performance — is electrifying, sweet, moving, and professional. We’re lucky to it on CD/DVD.

  • Pastore says:

    P.S And the duet isn’t bad either.

  • urania says:

    Not old school but true school!

  • Edgar Self says:

    Remarkable! He achieved his centerary and preserved his voice, recalling tenors like Carlo Bergonzi, Ivan Kozlovsky and Hughes Cuenod, and others nearly as long as Giovanni Martinelli and Lauritz Melchior

    (aka Lebrecht Hummel). Not even to get into basses and sopranos.

    I’m glad to learn of his name and career, as I was ignorant of them.

  • urania says:

    I was glad to have met him just one year ago at Casa Verdi and could talk about his ‘secret’ singing technique. A charming and humble soul.

  • Tully Potter says:

    Angelo Lo Forese, not Angel… Remember him from the 1950s.