Guelfi, Giangiacomo, Italian baritone; b. Rome, Dec. 21, 1924. He studied law in Florence and received vocal training from Ruffo. In 1950 he made his operatic debut as Rigoletto in Spoleto, and then sang at Milan’s La Scala (from 1952); he also made appearances in Chicago (from 1954) and in London (from 1958). On Feb. 5, 1970, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Scarpia, remaining on its roster for only that season. In 1975 he sang Scarpia at London’s Covent Garden.
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