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Martinelli, Giovanni

Martinelli, Giovanni (b Montagnana, 1885; d NY, 1969). It. tenor. Played in regimental band, where his v. was noticed by bandmaster. Début Milan 1910 in Rossini's Stabat Mater. Opera début Milan 1910 (as Ernani) after which he was engaged by Puccini to sing Dick Johnson in Eur. première of La Fanciulla del West (Rome, 1911). London début CG 1912; Amer. début Philadelphia 1913; NY Met 1913. Member of NY Met 1913–43, singing in 36 operas. Met farewell 1946 (gala concert), then taught in NY. Last appearance Seattle 1967.

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Martinelli, Giovanni

Giovanni Martinelli (jōvän´nē märtēnĕl´lē), 1885–1969, Italian-American operatic tenor. He made his debut in Milan in 1910 and sang (1913–46) at the Metropolitan Opera. His repertoire of about 50 roles included the leading tenor roles in nearly all the principal Italian operas.

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