Dano Raffanti

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Dano Raffanti (born April 5, 1948) is an Italian tenor, particularly associated with the Italian baroque and bel canto repertory.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Lucca, Raffanti trained in Milan with Celletti, and made his debut at La Scala in 1976, in Bussotti's Nottetempo.[1]

The following year, he appeared at the Festival della Valle d'Itria, in Antigone by Traetta, he was to return there regularly, singing in Traetta's Le serve rivali, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Fra Diavolo, Il barbiere di Siviglia, etc. He sang Medoro in Vivaldi's Orlando furioso, in Verona, opposite Marilyn Horne, in 1978, repeating the role for his American debut in Dallas in 1980.[2] He also appeared at the Rossini Opera Festival at Pesaro in La donna del lago, opposite Katia Ricciarelli, Lucia Valentini Terrani and Samuel Ramey in 1983, and made his debut at the Royal Opera House in London, as Tebaldo in I Capuleti e Montecchi, in 1984, opposite Agnes Baltsa and Edita Gruberová, under Riccardo Muti. His debut at the Paris Opéra in 1985, was as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Raffanti made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1981, as Alfredo in La traviata, and later sang there, the Duke in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La bohème, the Italian singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, and most notably Goffredo in Handel's Rinaldo.[3]

His roles include also Ugo in Donizetti's Parisina d'Este,[4] Elvino in Bellini's La sonnambula,[5] the title roles in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo, Lyonel in von Flotow's Martha, Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and the role title in Verdi's Don Carlos, which he performed at Turin's Teatro Regio in 1990.[1]

Raffanti is widely regarded as having one of the most attractive voices and being one of the most stylish singers of his generation in Italian baroque and bel canto operas. He is married to soprano Maria Rosa Nazario.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Forbes
  2. ^ Forbes. In fact, according to Gherardo Casaglia's Almanacco, Raffanti had already performed in 1977 the minor role of Roderigo in Verdi's Otello at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.
  3. ^ Archives.metoperafamily.org.
  4. ^ Gherardo Casaglia, Almanacco, "Amadeusonline".
  5. ^ Gherardo Casaglia, Almanacco, "Amadeusonline".
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