Basiola, Mario, Italian baritone; b. Annico, July 12, 1892; d. there, Jan. 3, 1965. He was a pupil of Cotogni in Rome. In 1918 he made his operatic debut, and then sang in Barcelona (1920) and Florence (1921) before appearing with the San Carlo Opera Co. in the U.S. (1923–25). On Nov. 11, 1925, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Amonasro, remaining on its roster until 1932; he then sang at Milan’s La Scala and in Rome (1933–38), and at London’s Covent Garden (1939). In 1946 he toured Australia, where he taught until 1951; then settled in Milan as a voice teacher. Among his prominent roles were Rossini’s Figaro, Valentin, lago, Rigoletto, and Scarpia.
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