Piero Cappuccilli, 'Prince of Baritones,' Dies

Classic Arts News   Piero Cappuccilli, 'Prince of Baritones,' Dies
Piero Cappuccilli, who was often called "the prince of baritones" in Italy, died July 12 in Trieste, Il tempo reports. He was 75 years old.

Cappuccilli was best known for his performances in Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto, and Macbeth in the 1970s and '80s.

"For me, to sing is to speak singing," he famously remarked when asked about his exquisite diction.

The Trieste-born singer made his debut in 1957 at the Teatro Nuovo di Milano, and sang on the world's great stages, including the Metropolitan Opera House, where he made his debut in 1969, and La Scala, where he sang many times. He retired from performing in 1992 after a serious car accident; after his retirement, he dedicated himself to teaching.

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