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 18, 1892 (Rome), Died May 9, 1957 (Stamford)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: bass vocal

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Recordings (Results 26-37 of 37 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-59732 10-in. 3/28/1930 Finch han dal vino Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor BVE-59733 10-in. 3/28/1930 Serenata : Deh vieni alla finestra Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-59745 12-in. 4/9/1930 Splendon piu belle Metropolitan Opera Chorus ; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ; Ezio Pinza ; Giulio Setti Bass vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-59746 12-in. 4/9/1930 Abbietta Zingara Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-67748 12-in. 12/31/1930 Qual volutta trascorrere Beniamino Gigli ; Ezio Pinza ; Elisabeth Rethberg Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CVE-67749 12-in. 12/31/1930 Te sol quest' anima Beniamino Gigli ; Ezio Pinza ; Elisabeth Rethberg Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CS-018845 12-in. 2/6/1938 Symphony no. 9, in D minor NBC Symphony Orchestra ; Arturo Toscanini Orchestra, vocal soloists, and vocal chorus vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CS-018846 12-in. 2/6/1938 Symphony no. 9, in D minor NBC Symphony Orchestra ; Arturo Toscanini Orchestra, vocal soloists, and vocal chorus vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CS-018847 12-in. 2/6/1938 Symphony no. 9, in D minor NBC Symphony Orchestra ; Arturo Toscanini Orchestra, vocal soloists, and vocal chorus vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CS-018848 12-in. 2/6/1938 Symphony no. 9, in D minor NBC Symphony Orchestra ; Arturo Toscanini Orchestra, vocal soloists, and vocal chorus vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CS-018849 12-in. 2/6/1938 Symphony no. 9, in D minor NBC Symphony Orchestra ; Arturo Toscanini Orchestra, vocal soloists, and vocal chorus vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor CS-018850 12-in. 2/6/1938 Symphony no. 9, in D minor NBC Symphony Orchestra ; Arturo Toscanini Orchestra, vocal soloists, and vocal chorus vocalist, bass vocal  
(Results 26-37 of 37 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pinza, Ezio," accessed February 4, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103280.

Pinza, Ezio. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 4, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103280.

"Pinza, Ezio." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 4 February 2023.

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

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