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Ettore Bastianini (1922 - 1967)

Originally encouraged to become a singer while training as a pastry chef, Bastianini joined the cathedral choir of Siena and began to study as a bass in 1939. He gave his first professional concerts during 1940 and 1941 and in 1942 won first prize in the National Singing Competition in Florence. Shortly afterwards he joined the Italian Air Force, serving between 1943 and 1944. At the beginning of 1945 he returned to sing in concert, and in November of that year he made his operatic début as Colline/La bohème in Ravenna. During 1946 he was able to take up the singing scholarship offered as part of the prize by the National Singing Competition, and at the same time appeared in a variety of bass rôles in several smaller Italian opera houses. In 1947 he toured Egypt and in 1948 made his début at La Scala, Milan, as Tiresias/Oedipus Rex. Following continuous appearances in Italy, further tours of Egypt, a short season in Venezuela (1949) and his first broadcast in 1950, he gave his final performance as a bass in Turin in April 1951 as Colline. He now studied to become a baritone, encouraged by his teacher, Luciano Bettarini.




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