Italian baritone; b. Venice, Feb. 22, 1939. He trained at the opera school of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and with Marcello and Mario del Monaco. After making his operatic debut as Schanuard in Venice in 1963, he sang in various Italian music centers. In 1972 he made his U.S. debut as Tonio in Dallas. As a member of Milan’s La Scala company, he toured the U.S. in 1976 and Japan in 1981. In 1977 he made his debut at London’s Covent Garden as Jack Ranee, and returned there in later seasons. In 1978 he made his first appearance at the Chicago Lyric Opera. On Oct. 28, 1983, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Don Carlo in La forza del destino. In 1984 he sang at the Paris Opéra. His guest engagements also took him to Vienna, Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, and Berlin. Carroli is especially associated with roles in Italian opera, but he also sings roles to fine effect in operas by Mozart and Wagner.
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