Obituary: Carlo Cava Dies At 90

By Francisco Salazar

Italian bass Carlo Cava has died.

The bass passed away on Sept. 1, 2018, after falling and breaking five ribs at the age of 90. Cava was hospitalized and recovering.

Cava was born on August 16, 1928, in the city of Ascoli and became one of the most recognized basses of his generation. He went on to perform alongside such conductors as Carlo Maria Giulini, Herbert von Karajan, and Riccardo Muti.

During his time he went on to perform roles by Verdi, Rossini, Monteverdi, Donizetti, and Puccini.

Among the recordings he left included “Tosca” under Karajan with Leontyne Price and Giuseppe di Stefano, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Victoria de los Ángeles and Sesto Bruscantini, and “Nabucco” with Elena Souliotis and Tito Gobbi. He also recorded “Norma” with Souliotis and Mario del Monaco and is featured in a live recording of “La Fanciulla del West” with Renata Tebaldi.

Here he is in an excerpt from “L’Elisir d’Amore” and in the final trio of “La Forza del Destino” with Carlo Bergonzi and Leyla Gencer.