Death of angelic Italian tenor, 86

Death of angelic Italian tenor, 86


norman lebrecht

December 27, 2020

The tenor Angelo Mori, a favourite in the leading Italian houses and the Vienna Opera, has died at 86.

Trained by Marcello Del Monaco, Mario’s brother, he made his debut in 1961 and enjoyed a 20-year career.



  • Greg Bottini says:

    Of course, I am sorry to hear of his passing, but I must admit to complete ignorance of Signor Mori and his career.
    The sound clip above tells me that he was a passable tenor, with a decent voice, but he had (in this example anyway) a very wide vibrato and intonation that was not always reliable. And he scooped a lot.
    Perhaps my friend Edgar S. can enlighten us a bit.

    • Edgar Self says:

      Alas, Greg, as with the late Del Bianco, I knew nothing of Signore Mori, or that Mario Del Monaco had a brother who taught voice. That training shows, and Mori sounds very Italian, which many tenors today do not. The audience likes him, and he has consecrated the passage. It is enough. The aria is una cosa rara.

    • SAS says:

      Greg Bottini if he were singing today he would be a true world class star.

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    Another example of constructing a myth out of a rather ordinary career: Mori sang ONE performance at Wiener Staatsoper, a “Rigoletto” in 1965. This is akin to announcing something about a “Met soprano” who, with a few clicks, can be found to have sung a total of three performances as Ines in “Il trovatore” when the company toured Cleveland, Atlanta, and Dallas in the 1960s.

  • Malcolm Richings says:

    Sorry but never rated him, there is only one true tenor for me Franco Corelli, and nobody comes near, pavarotti lyrics tenor