Ferruccio Tagliavini, one of the foremost international opera stars of the 1940s and ’50s, died Jan. 29 from respiratory problems after a prolonged illness at his home in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He was 81.
Tagliavini debuted in 1938 in a Florence production of “La Boheme,” then became a regular performer at Milan’s La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and London’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. Among the tenor’s most renowned interpretations were roles in “Werther,” “Don Giovanni” and “The Magic Flute.”
From 1947 to 1954, Tagliavini alternated between stage commitments and film roles, starring in a number of U.S. pix of the period, mainly based on classical operas. He held annual concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall until the late 1970s.
Survived by his second wife and a daughter.