Compilation: Carlo Bergonzi - Excerpts from Ballo, Aida, Mefistofele, Trovatore, Forza and more
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The list of great Italian tenors in the 20th century would be woefully incomplete without the name of Carlo Bergonzi. When compared to his rivals, no one could claim him as flashy as Franco Corelli or as powerful as Marco Del Monaco, but he had skill, talent and sheer vocal beauty on his side. He was never one for the bull-in-a-china-shop vocalism that has become a stereotype of the Italian tenor, and every performance featured his signature grace, elegance and impeccable style. He is the tenor for those who value skill over force, although he had plenty of both. His career was long, storied and full of triumphs, and history will always thank him for championing the operas of Verdi, which lead to a resurgence of interest in the composer's lesser-known works. This compilation features arias and scenes from Aida, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Un Ballo in maschera, La Forza del destino, Tosca and Werther.