Dino Dondi

Soloist, Baritone
He was born in Casalecchio di Reno (Italy) on 10/07/1925. He was initially self-taught, but later on he took vocal lessons in Bologna. Since 1950 he appeared in small theaters in the Italian province of Emilia. In 1954 he first appeared in Milan’s Teatro Nuovo, in the opera Rigoletto. In 1956 he began a long collaboration with Milan’s La Scala, initially performing the role of Amonasro [Aida]. He continued with the operas: Iphigenia in Tauris [Iphigénie en Tauride] (as Orestes, 1957, directed by Luchino Visconti), Macbeth (1958), Murder in the Cathedral [Assassinio nella cattedrale] by Ildebrando Pizzetti (1958, world premiere presentation directed by Margarete Wallmann), Beatrice di Tenda (as Filippo Maria Visconti, 1961, together with the debutant Joan Sutherland), Ernani (Don Carlo), Tosca (Scarpia), Carmen (Escamillo). He also sang in Genoa’s Teatro Margherita, the Royal Theatre in Turin (Teatro Regio di Torino), the municipal theaters in Florence and Bologna and the Spoleto Festival (1958, Macbeth). He also appeared in Vienna, Monte Carlo (1961, Rigoletto; 1964 as Don Carlo [The Power of Fate/La forza del destino]), Amsterdam (1960, Nabucco), Lisbon. His repertoire also included the roles of Sir Riccardo Forth [The Puritans/I puritani], Renato (A Masked Ball [Un ballo in maschera]), Teseo [Phaedra/Fedra, by Pizzetti] Gérard [Andrea Chénier], Tonio (Clowns [Pagliacci]). In his rich discography his standout performance is Iphigenia in Tauris [Iphigénie en Tauride] (1957), a “live” recording from Milan’s La Scala with Maria Callas as his co-star. He died in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe (Caribbean) on 03/03/2007. He collaborated with the GNO performing the parts of Rigoletto (1957-1958, 1958-1959) and Amonasro in the opera Aida at the inauguration of the newly constructed Olympia (January 1958).