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Pinza, Ezio

Pinza, Ezio (b Rome, 1892; d Stamford, Conn., 1957). It. bass. Début Soncino, 1914 (Oroveso in Norma). After army service, made Rome début 1920 as King Mark in Tristan. Sang at La Scala 1921–4; NY Met 1926–48; CG 1930–9; Salzburg Fest. début 1934. Repertory of nearly 100 roles. A great Don Giovanni. His noble voice and fine looks were matched by dramatic ability. After his operatic career, appeared in musicals and films, notably in South Pacific on Broadway (1949).

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Pinza, Ezio

Ezio Pinza (āts´yō pēn´tsä), 1892–1957, Italian bass, b. Rome, studied at the Bologna Conservatory. After military service (1915–19), he resumed his operatic career in Rome, later singing at La Scala in Milan. In 1926 he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera. There, in revivals of Mozart's Don Giovanni (1929) and The Marriage of Figaro (1939) and in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (1939), he achieved outstanding success. He also appeared on the New York stage in South Pacific (1949) and in motion pictures.

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