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Ezio Pinza

Ezio Pinza (born Fortunato Pinza; May 18, 1892 – May 9, 1957) was an Italian opera singer. Pinza possessed a rich, smooth and sonorous voice, with a flexibility unusual for a bass. He spent 22 seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50 operas. At the San Francisco Opera, Pinza sang 26 roles during 20 seasons from 1927 to 1948. Pinza also sang to great acclaim at La Scala, Milan and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

After retiring from the Met in 1948, Pinza enjoyed a fresh career on Broadway in musical theatre, most notably in South Pacific, in which he created the role of Emile de Becque. He also appeared in several Hollywood films.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 18th, 1892 (Rome), Died May 9th, 1957 (Stamford)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: bass vocal

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-37823 12-in. 2/17/1927 O tu Palermo! Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor BVE-37824 10-in. 2/17/1927 Vecchia zimarra Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-37825 12-in. 2/17/1927 Dormirò sol nel manto Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor BVE-37826 10-in. 2/17/1927 L'ultima canzone Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor BVE-37862 10-in. 3/22/1927 Si la rigueur Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-37863 12-in. 3/22/1927 Possente numi Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-37864 12-in. 3/22/1927 Invocation Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor BVE-37865 10-in. 3/22/1927 Vous qui du Dieu vivant Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-37874 12-in. 3/29/1927 De son coeur jai calme la fievre Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-37875 12-in. 3/29/1927 Air du tambour major Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-41076 12-in. 11/29/1927 Temple scene Giovanni Martinelli ; Ezio Pinza Vocal duet (tenor and bass), with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-41096 12-in. 12/3/1927 Maledizione Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-41097 12-in. 12/3/1927 Ite sul colle Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-41225 12-in. 12/12/1927 Giusto cielo! Rispondete Beniamino Gigli ; Ezio Pinza Vocal duet (tenor and bass), with vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-41226 12-in. 12/12/1927 Tu che a Dio spiegasti Beniamino Gigli ; Ezio Pinza Vocal duet (tenor and bass), with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-41232 12-in. 12/16/1927 Lucia : Sextette Angelo Bada ; Giuseppe De Luca ; Amelita Galli-Curci ; Beniamino Gigli ; Louise Homer ; Ezio Pinza Vocal chorus (soprano, contralto, 2 tenors, baritone, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor BVE-41299 10-in. 1/5/1928 O Isis und Osiris Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-41600 12-in. 1/5/1928 Temple scene Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus, female vocal soloist, and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-41625 12-in. 1/18/1928 Finale, part 1 Giovanni Martinelli ; Ezio Pinza ; Rosa Ponselle Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-41626 12-in. 1/18/1928 Finale, part 2 Giovanni Martinelli ; Ezio Pinza ; Rosa Ponselle Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-41636 12-in. 1/23/1928 La vergine degli angeli Ezio Pinza ; Rosa Ponselle Vocal duet (soprano and bass), with chorus and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor BVE-51133 10-in. 4/8/1929 Le veau d'or Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor BVE-51134 10-in. 4/8/1929 Ah! Del tebro Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-51978 12-in. 5/7/1929 Infelice e tu credevi Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-51979 12-in. 5/7/1929 Confutatis maledictis Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pinza, Ezio," accessed August 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103280.

Pinza, Ezio. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103280.

"Pinza, Ezio." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103280

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