Ugo Benelli

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Genoa, Italy, on 20/1/1935. He studied in Milan with Pietro Magenta, Giulio Confalonieri and Ettore Campogalliani, with a scholarship that he earned in a contest at La Scala. He debuted at the Piccola Scala in 1960, and soon afterwards he sang at La Scala, gaining international acclaim as a tenor. He appeared in Barcelona (Grand Theater of Liceu), Wiesbaden (State Theater), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Rome, London (Royal Opera), Moscow (Bolshoi Theater) and San Francisco. He has participated in stagings at the Festivals of Wexford, Edinbourgh, Salzburg, Glyndebourne, an at the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence. His repertoire includes roles such as: Count Almaviva [The Barber of Seville/Il barbiere di Siviglia], Don Basilio [The Marriage of Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro], Don Anchise [La finta giardiniera], Dr. Cajus [Falstaff], Lindoro [L'Italiana in Algeri], Don Ramiro [Cinderella/La cenerentola], Oscar [La gazza ladra], Elvino [La sonnambula], Ernesto [Don Pasquale], Nemorino [The Elixir of Love/L'elisir d'amore], Renato Des Grieux [Manon], Werther [Werther]. He has also sung in operas by Haydn, Puccini, Wolf-Ferrari and Cimarosa. He has worked with leading conductors and soloists. In 2005, he stopped performing, and since then he has been teaching in seminars in the USA, Italy, England and Ireland. He has a rich and varied discography of standard as well as rare lyrical works in the following record companies: DECCA, Philips, Bellaphon, Fonit-CETRA, Opera RARA, Bongiovanni. For the GNO, he interpeted Elvino in Bellini's La sonnambula in 1969-70.