Gherlinzoni worked as a shoemaker and simultaneously studied singing. Some months later, he made his debut
in an operetta company.
However the low pay convinced him to return to his old job. After a new attempt in the operetta world,
where he met his wife Fanny, he opened a food store which failed within a year.
After a period of
study, he finally made his debut as a lyric tenor.
Crucial was the meeting with the young conductor Tullio
Serafin who convinced to dedicate himself to the study of Puritani, a work that characterized his career.
His career evolved as follows:
1905 Savonna, Parma (Reinach, on December 12,
Rigoletto with Enrico Pignatoro, Giuseppina Finzi Magrini,
Nazzareno De Angelis, Maria Vaccari and Pietro Cimini conducting)
1906 Rimini, Imola, Milano (Dal Verme)
1907 Bari, Fiume, Lugo, Ferrara, Mantova, Trieste
1908 Modena, Padova, Bologna, Torino, Genova, Treviso, Trieste, Madrid
1909 Torino, st. Petersburg, Venezia, Torino, Palermo, Alessandria d'Egitt
1910 Forli, Ancona, Spoleto, Catania, Rovigo, Warsaw
1911 Bologna. Terni, Caropi, Parma (Reinach, on November 25 I puritani
with Carlo Molinari, Antonio Volponi, Antonio Pirrone, Bianca Morello with Gino Puccetti conducting)
1912 Rimini, Bergamo, Casle Monferrato, Sanguinetto
1913 Novara, Ferrara
1914 Pistoia, Messina
1921 Bologna (Concerto)
retired in 1918, but he continued to give occasional concerts in Bologna.
He died in poverty, few months
after the death of his second wife Teresa.
He was for too many years away from the limelight and forgotten by everyone.
his remains rest at the Famedio for illustrious men at the cemetery of Certosa in Ferrara.
His repertory included: I puritani, Rigoletto, La maschera, La traviata,
La Gioconda, La bohème, Mefistofele, Sarrona, Lucia di Lammermoor,