Eugenio Fernandi

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Eugenio Fernandi (1922–1991) was an Italian tenor, particularly associated with lyric and spinto roles.

Eugenio Fernandi was born in Pisa and raised in Turin, where he began his vocal studies with Aureliano Pertile. He later entered the opera school at La Scala in Milan and began appearing there in small roles. His first major role was as Giovanni Battista in Virgilio Mortari's La figlia di diavolo in 1954, followed by the Duke in Rigoletto and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. He also sang with success at La Fenice in Venice, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.

In 1957, he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera as Cavaradossi in Tosca, later singing as Alfredo, Rodolfo, Riccardo, Radames. He appeared as Don Carlo at the Salzburg Festival in 1958 and 1960.

He joined the Metropolitan Opera as a leading tenor on February 19, 1958, debuting there as Pinkerton. Of that performance, a March 3, 1958 Time Magazine review noted that Fernandi "belted out thundering, on-target salvos of sound that rocked the house" further praising that "physically and vocally it is surely the handsomest Butterfly ever mounted on a U.S. stage" . From 1958 to 1971, Fernandi sang eight seasons with the Met in thirteen roles, including Cavaradossi, Edgardo, Enzo, Ismaele, Arrigo, etc.

His recording career is limited to the 1957 recording of Turandot, opposite Maria Callas and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. However, in recent years a few live recordings...
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