• "Rest in peace."
    - Lena Williams
  • "My condolences to Mr. Bergonzi's family. I grew up in the..."
    - Marc Nicholson
  • "Condolences to the Bergonzi Family."
    - A Friend
  • "rip"
    - michelle plakas-kaiser
  • "My condolences to the family and friends"

BERGONZI--Carlo. The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of Carlo Bergonzi, who sang more than 320 starring roles with the company in a Met career that spanned 32 years. He made his company debut in 1956 as Radames in Verdi's Aida and sang his last Met performance, of Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, in 1988. He made his final appearance with the company in 1996, when he sang an aria from Verdi's Luisa Miller at a gala celebrating James Levine's 25th anniversary. He sang a total of 22 roles at the Met, 10 of them in the Verdi operas for which he was best known, and was particularly praised for the beauty and warmth of his singing and for his elegant attention to style and phrasing. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and many admirers around the world. Peter Gelb, General Manager James Levine, Music Director

Published in The New York Times on July 29, 2014
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