Pier-Miranda Ferraro

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Treviso, Altivole, Italy on 30/10/1924. He studied voice at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello, Venice under Mirko Bonomi and continued his studies at the Conservatory of Milan under Aureliano Pertile and Manrico De Tura. He made his opera debut in 1951 as Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan. In the same year he appeared at La Scala where he sang often for nearly twenty years through 1972. His first major success there was Achilles in Gluck’s Iphigeneia in Aulis [Iphigénie en Aulide] (1959). He focused on the Italian drama repertoire performing roles such as: Radamès [Aida], Don Alvaro [The Power of Fate/La forza del destino], Renato Des Grieux [Manon Lescaut] and Otello [Otello], a role for which he was singled out. He excelled also as a performer of heroes in works by Wagner. He appeared at a number of major opera centers, including the cities of Rome, Naples and Venice, as well as at festivals in Italy, such as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. At the same time, he sang in many European cities such as London, Barcelona, Brussels, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, etc. In New York, he sang opposite Maria Callas at a concert performance of Bellini’s opera The Pirate [Il pirata] at Carnegie Hall (1959), which was recorded and is available by EMI. He also appeared in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Buenos Aires. In 1981 he retired from singing and became a voice teacher for many years at the Milan Conservatory, where he was the head of the vocal department, and elsewhere. He died in Milan on 18/01/2008. With the GNO, he collaborated twice in the 1960s, performing the roles of Don José in Carmen (1961/62) and Canio in Pagliacci (1962/63).