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Pinza, Ezio

Born: 1892 AD
Died: 1957 AD
Nationality: Italian
Categories: Musicians, Singer

1892 – He was born on the 18th day of May of this year in Rome and grew up in Ravenna. He studied at Bologna’s Conservatorio Martini.


1914 – His operatic debut was in this year, as Oroveso in Norma in Cremona.


1919 – After World War I, he debuted at Rome in this year and Milan’s La Scala in February of 1922.


1926 – Pinza’s Met debut came in November of this year in Spontini’s La Vestale, with famed American soprano Rosa Ponselle in the title role.


1929 – In this year, he sang Don Giovanni, a role with which he was subsequently to become closely identified.

1935 – He sang with Arturo Toscanini and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as the bass soloist in this year’s performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. One of the performances was broadcast and preserved on transcription discs.


1940 – He then added the Mozart roles Figaro in this year and Sarastro in 1942 to his repertoire, as well as a vast number of Italian operatic roles of Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi, as well as Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (sung in Italian). Pinza appeared in several films, beginning with Carnegie Hall (1947), which featured a number of famous classical singers, musicians, conductors, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.


1948 – He retired from the Met in this year, Pinza embarked on a second career on Broadway.


1949 – On April of this year, he appeared in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific and his operatic, expressive performance of "Some Enchanted Evening" made him a matinee idol and a national celebrity.


1953 – He recorded extensively for the Victor Talking Machine Company, which became RCA Victor in 1929, recording primarily operatic arias as late as this year. He made a few 78-rpm albums for Columbia Records in the mid 1940s; some of these have been reissued on LP and CD.


1954 – He also appeared in the Broadway production of Fanny in this year, opposite Florence Henderson.


1957 – He passed away on the 9th day of May of this year, Pinza died at age 64. His funeral was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.