Gilly, Dinh, French baritone; b. Algiers, July 19, 1877; d. London, May 19, 1940. He studied at the Toulouse Cons, and with Cotogni in Rome. After completing his studies at the Paris Cons., he made his debut as the Priest in Sigurd at the Paris Opera in 1899; continued to sing there until 1908. On Nov. 16, 1909, he made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. at the New Theatre as Albert in Werther; his formal debut at the Metropolitan Opera was as Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana on Nov. 24, 1909, and remained on its roster until 1914; he first appeared at London’s Covent Garden as Amonasro in Aida on May 15, 1911; sang there until 1914 and again from 1919 to 1924. He also made appearances with the Beecham, Carl Rosa, and British National Opera companies. He made London his home and was active in later years as a teacher, numbering among his pupils John Brownlee.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire