Umberto Borsò

Soloist, Tenor
He was born on 3/4/1923 in La Spezia, Liguria, Italy. He took voice lessons by the soprano Vera Amerighi Rutili and by Melchiorre Vidal in Rome and Milan. He made his opera debut on 3/9/1952 in Spoleto as Don Alvaro in La forza del destino. In the following years he participated in a tour throughout Switzerland and Germany. In the following years, he performed in several Italian cities, interpreting roles such as: The Chevalier des Grieux [Manon Lescaut] (Turin 1953), Mario Cavaradossi [Tosca] (Venice 1953), Jason [Medea (Médée)] (Rome 1953), Turiddu [Cavalleria rusticana] (Rome 1956), Don Alvaro [La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny)] (Verona 1959), Manrico [Il trovatore] (La Scala Milan, 1963) etc. In 1956, he co-starred with Renata Tebaldi in the presentation of Aida at the Grand Theater of Lyceum (Gran Teatro del Liceu), Barcelona. He interpreted lyric roles in cities of the USA (Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, etc.), Mexico, Australia, Japan, in Havana, Cuba, at the Opera of Cairo (1954, 1958, 1959), Moscow (Il trovatorre, directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963), London (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), in various cities of Germany and in Santiago, Chile (as Jago in [Otello], 1969). In 1962, he debuted at the Metropolitan Opera of New York as Gioconda [La Gioconda]. He has also interpreted the parts of Canio [Pagliacci], Radamès [Aida], Ernani [Ernani]. His collaborations include major artists, such as Tito Gobbi, Franco Patané, Montserrat Caballé, Marcella Pobbe and Tullio Serafin. At the Greek National Opera (GNO), he performed as Mario Kavaradossi [Τoska] (1965/6) and Chevalier des Grieux [Manon Lescaut] (1972/3).