David Poleri

10 January 1921 Philadelphia – 13 December 1967 Kauai, Hawaii
He studied singing with maestro Alberto Sciaretta.

He made his debut in Chicago with the San Carlo Opera Company as Faust. In 1951, he made his debut at the New York City Opera as Alfredo. He stayed at the City Opera until 1961.

On December 27th, 1954 he took part in the world premiere of The saint of Bleecker Street at the New York Broadway Theater as Michele with Virginia Copeland, Gloria Lane, Leon Lishner, Maria di Gerlando, Maria Marlo, Thomas Schippers.

He sang at the festivals of Glyndebourne 1951, and of Edinburgh 1955 (Forza del destino with Walburga Wegner, Bruce Dargaval, Stanley Mason, Bruna MacLean, Philip Lewtas).

In 1952, he sang at the Maggio musicale in Florence as German (with Gianna Pederzini, Sena Jurinac, Rina Corsi, Mario Petri, Ettore Bastianini, Sivio Majonica, Nives Poli, Artur Rodzinski) and in 1954 as Andrej in Mazepa (with Ettore Bastianini, Magda Olivero, Boris Christoff, Maryana Radev, Ionel Perlea).

On May 8th, 1955, he sang Michele in The saint of Bleecker Street at La Scala with Danieli, Gasperini, Lane, Maionica, Ottani, Ratti, Ruggiero, Schippers (total 4). On January 12th, 1956 he sang in Troilus and Cressida at La Scala with Colzani, Dow, Tajo, Sanzogno (total 4).

In 1956, he was at Covent Garden singing in Un ballo in maschera.

In 1961/62, he was at the Chicago opera singing Alvaro and Vladimir (Knjaz Igor).

He appeared on TV including a Tosca for NBC in 1955.

Poleri appeared at: N. Y. City Opera, New Orleans Opera, Pacific Opera, San Francisco, San Carlo Opera, Mobile Opera Guild, Ala., Jackson Opera Guild, Miss., St. Louis Municipal Opera. He made guest appearences in Central and South America.

Recordings: RCA (Faust in La damnation de Faust , 9th Symphony by Beethoven), Melodram (Mazepa, Florence 1954), Documents (Pikovaja dama, Maggio musicale Fiorentino 1952). There are also live recordings of Manon and Madama Butterfly.

Poleri and his wife were killed in a helicopter crash.
Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

David Poleri singsMazepa: Apertamente nel sanguinoso combattimento

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