1890 – Born on March 20th in Recanti. Italian opera singer and regarded as one of the greatest opera tenors during his time.
1911 – He managed to gain a scholarship to enter the Santa Cecilia Music Academy in Rome, although he was unable to meet the requirement of an ability to play the piano: he could merely blow a few popular tunes on a saxophone.
1914 – Gigli graduated with honours, and in July, in a glare of publicity, won the international singing competition always held in Parma.
– On October 15th, he made his debut as Enzo in ‘La Gioconda’, in comparative obscurity at the Teatro Sociale at Rovigo.
1915 – In February at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo he undertook Cavaradossi in ‘Tosca’ for the first time. Then Mascagni himself invited him to sing Turiddu in ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ at the San Carlo at Naples.
1916 – In December, Gigli made his Roman debut, as Faust in Boito’s ‘Mefistofele’.
1933 – He gave the first of a long series of recitals at the Albert Hall in London that continued, with a break during the war, for the next 22 years.
1957 – Died in November 30th.