Bonelli (Bunn), Richard

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Bonelli (Bunn), Richard

Bonelli (Bunn), Richard, American baritone; b. Port Byron, N.Y., Feb. 6, 1887; d. Los Angeles, June 7, 1980. He studied at Syracuse Univ. and with Arthur Alexander and Jean de Reszke in Paris. On April 21, 1915, he made his operatic debut as Valentine at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. After appearances at the Monte Carlo Opera, Milan’s La Scala, and in Paris, he sang with the Chicago Opera (1925–31). On Dec. 1, 1932, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Germont, remaining on its roster until 1945. Thereafter he taught at the Curtis Inst. of Music in Philadelphia and in N.Y. He was best known for his Verdi roles, but also was praised for his portrayals of Wolfram, Tonio, and Sharpless.

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