Antonio Zerbini

Soloist, Bass
He was born in Resolo, Italy on 05/12/1924 and passed away in Milan on 19/12/1987. He studied singing initially in Milan and then in Parma under Nino Martini. He made his debut in 1952 at Spoleto Festival in Verdi’s opera The power of fate [La forza del destino]. In 1958 he made his debut as as Ramfis [Aida] at the Verona Arena Festival, where he danced many times after that (1961-63, 1967-69, 1971-72, 1981). In 1953, he appeared at Teatro La Scala in Milan as Count Monterone [Rigoletto] and has sung there regularly since then. His performance as Boris [Boris Godunov] in the Opera of Rome was met with international acclaim. He appeared repeatedly as a guest soloist at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, singing the roles of Sparafucile [Rigoletto], King and Ramfis [Aida], Ferrando [The Trobadour/Il trovatore], Oroveso [Norma], Raymondo [Lucia di Lammermoor], Commendatore [Don Giovanni] and more. He sang in some of the world’s most prestigious theaters, including the Grand Opéra Paris, the Bolshoi Theater Moscow, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, the Bavarian State Opera Munich (1960) and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. His repertory included more than 90 operas while he was renowned for his performance as Padre Guardiano and as Ramfis. He appeared many times on stage opposite renowned singers, such as Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, Alfredo Kraus, Virginia Zeani, Nicolai Ghiaurov and Joan Sutherland. His performances survive in many studio and live performance recordings (CETRA, EYL, HMV-EMI, Opera Duba κ.ά.) as well as in audiovisual recordings (Topaz-Video). At the GNO he appeared once as The Grand Inquisitor [Don Carlos] (Herodeion, Athens Festival, 1966).