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Ancona, Mario

ANCONA, MARIO

ANCONA, MARIO (1860–1931), ltalian baritone singer. Born in Leghorn, Ancona was a lawyer and diplomat before he began to study singing. He made his debut in Trieste in 1890; and in 1892 he was taken to London by Lago for a short season at the Olympic Theatre. Engaged by Covent Garden in 1893, he sang regularly there until 1901, playing Tonio in the first London performances of Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci (1893). He sang regularly both in Italy and in New York – at the Metropolitan (1893–97), then with the Manhattan Opera for one season (1906–07). After World War i, he retired to Florence, where he taught singing until his death.

[Max Loppert (2nd ed.)]

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