Raimondi, Gianni , Italian tenor; b. Bologna, April 13, 1923. He was a student of Gennaro Barra-Carcacciolo and Ettore Campogalliani. In 1947 he made his operatic debut as the Duke of Mantua in Bologna, and then sang in other Italian opera centers. In 1953 he made appearances at the Stoll Theatre in London, at the Paris Opéra, and in Monte Carlo. In 1955 he joined Milan’s La Scala. He made his U.S. debut in San Francisco in 1957. In 1959 he appeared in Vienna. In 1960 he sang in Munich. On Sept. 29, 1965, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Rodolfo, remaining on its roster until 1969. From 1969 to 1977 he sang at the Hamburg State Opera. He became well known for his roles in Rossini’s operas, and also had success as Alfredo, Cavaradossi, Faust, Pollione, and Edgardo.
D. Rubboli, G. R.: Felicemente tenore (Parma, 1992).
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