Masini, Galliano, Italian tenor; b. Livorno, 1896; d. there, Feb. 15, 1986. He received his training in Milan. In 1923 he made his operatic debut as Cavaradossi in Livorno, and then sang in various Italian music centers. In 1930 he made his first appearance in Rome as Pinkerton, and continued to sing there until 1950. He also sang at Milan’s La Scala, in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Vienna, and Paris. In 1937–38 he appeared at the Chicago Opera. On Dec. 14, 1938, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Edgardo, where he remained on the roster for the season. In subsequent years, he pursued his career in Europe, making his farewell appearance in 1957. Among his other roles were Radames, Rodolfo, Turiddu, and Enzo.
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