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Ottavio Garaventa

Soloist, Tenor
He was born on 26/01/1934 in Genoa. He came from a musical family, as his grandfather was a famous tenor, and he was also the nephew of the Italian soprano Rosetta Noli, from whom he received his first lessons. At the age of 19, he made his first appearance in the opera Lucia di Lammermoor, which was not a success, despite his vocal abilities. After dropping out of university, he worked as a crane operator in the port of Genoa. After some time, however, he decided to continue. In 1963, he sang the role of Turiddu in the opera Cavalleria rusticana in Cincinnati and in 1965 he won the International Competition for Verdi Voices in Busseto. From then on, he began a brilliant career. He performed in the world's greatest theatres, including the Teatro di San Carlo, Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Arena di Verona, Kennedy Center in Washington, singing the most representative roles of his repertoire. He was artistic director of the Savignone International Music Festival and together with his daughter, founded a musical association for the care and protection of young artists. He died on 18/03/2014 in Savignone. At the Greek National Opera, he played the role of Werther in the opera of the same name (1969 & 1973) and the role of Rodolfo in the opera La bohème (1973). // Last update of the biography: January 2024 - The list of the productions below is complete.