Sabbatini, Giuseppe , Italian tenor; b. Rome, May 11, 1957. He studied double bass at the Cons. di Santa Cecilia in Rome and received private vocal instruction from Silvana Ferraro. After making his operatic debut in Spoleto as Edgardo in 1987, he appeared in such major Italian music centers as Trieste, Naples, Rome, Turin, Florence, Bologna, and Milan. In 1991 he made his first appearance at London’s Covent Garden as Lensky, where he sang Des Grieux in 1994. In 1993 he portrayed Rodolfo and Alfredo at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. He was engaged as Faust in Tokyo and Geneva in 1995, and also sang Donizetti’s Riccardo Percy at the San Francisco Opera. In 1997 he appeared as Massenet’s Nicias in Nice and as Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux in Monte Carlo. He portrayed Rossini’s Arnold at the Vienna State Opera in 1998. In addition to his operatic career, he has also appeared in concert settings.
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