Rossi, Giulio , Italian bass; b. Rome, Oct. 27, 1865; d. Milan, Oct. 9, 1931. He had a tenor voice until he was 19, when an unintentional plunge into the Tiber in Dec. induced an illness, after which his voice lowered to the range of basso profondo. He then began vocal study under Oreste Tomassoni, making his debut at Parma, Oct. 20, 1887. In 1889 he toured South America with Adelina Patti, and made 2 tours of Mexico and Calif, with Luisa Terrazzini. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as the King in Aida on Nov. 16, 1908, remaining on its roster until 1919.
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