Sereni, Mario, Italian baritone; b. Perugia, March 25, 1928. He studied at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and also in Siena with Mario Basiola. He made his debut at the Florence May Festival in 1953, and then sang throughout Italy. In 1956 he sang at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. on Nov. 9, 1957, as Gérard in Andrea Chénier; subsequently sang there for some 2 decades in such roles as Amonasro, Belcore, Germont, Marcello, and Sharpless; also sang in London, Vienna, Milan, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and other opera centers.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire