Obituary: Italian Bass Bonaldo Giaiotti Dies At 85

Bonaldo Giaiotti has died at the age of 85.

The renowned Italian bass was one of the most recognized singers of his time, singing at every major theater in the world.

His career began in 1957 when he made his debut at the Teatro Nuovo and began performing all over Italy. Two years later he would make his American debut in Cincinnati, as Basilio in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” and in 1960, he would make his Metropolitan Opera debut.

The debut marked the start of a 25-year career with the company, as he would go on to perform 30 roles in 300 performances. Among his most famous roles with the house were Raimondo in “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Ramfis in “Aida,” Timur in “Turandot,” Padre Guardiano in “La Forza del Destino,” Phillip II in “Don Carlo,” Count Walter in “Luisa Miller,” Zaccaria in “Nabucco,” Giorgio in “I Puritani,” Alvise in “La Gioconda,” and King Heinrich in “Lohengrin.”

He also performed at the Royal Opera House, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Arena di Verona, Opera de Paris, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real, Teatro alla Scala, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

As one of the leading basses he was featured in numerous recordings, including “La Juive” with Martina Arroyo and Anna Moffo, “I Vespri Sicilianni” under Riccardo Chailly, “Aida” with Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli, “Iris” with Plácido Domingo and “Luisa Miller” with Monserrat Caballé.

Here he is in a historic performance of “Luisa Miller” with Plácido Domingo, Renata Scotto, and Sherill Milnes.

And here is his famous Phillip in “Don Carlo”

And here he is as Zaccaria in “Nabucco”

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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

1 Comment on "Obituary: Italian Bass Bonaldo Giaiotti Dies At 85"

  1. Annellen Guth | June 13, 2018 at 10:46 pm | Reply

    He was married to my cousin Alice who pre deceased him by 9 months. He was a wonderful man and a superb opera singer. He was also a teacher with many pupils. We will miss him.

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