Famed 75-year-old tenor to sing Otello in Gotham

Tenor Carlo Bergonzi, at age 75, will sing his first Otello from Verdi’s penultimate opera in a concert performance with the Opera Orchestra of New York on May 3.

Bergonzi, a major star of the world’s opera houses for several decades, last sang in the United States at a Puccini Foundation recital in New York in the spring. His fourth encore at that performance was Otello’s final scene.

“He came to us and said he was ready,” said Alix Barthelmes, general manager of OONY, the company that produced the tenor’s American farewell recital in 1994 and his second farewell recital in 1996.

The tenor from Bussetto, Italy, made his opera debut as a baritone in “The Barber of Seville,” in 1948, and a second debut, as a tenor, in the title role from “Andrea Chenier” in 1951. Later, he became a leading exponent of Verdi’s work.

Other casting for the opera will be announced in September.

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