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

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.


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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