Amedeo Berdini

5 July 1919 Sant'Elpidio al Mare – 28 May 1964 Milano

Amedeo Berdini singsDer fliegende Holländer: Mit Gewitter und Sturm, in Italian
In RA format
World War II delayed Berdini's start as a singer. He made his debut in 1948 as Edgardo at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. A good career in Italy ensued, including La Scala (Les noces by Stravinsky, 1954) and Rome (Billy Budd by Giorgio Federico Ghedini, 1951; L'organo di bambù by Ennio Porrino, 1956; Le maschere, 1959). At the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, he sang in the world premieres of Gian Francesco Malipiero's "Figliuol prodigo" and "Venere prigioniera" on 11 May 1957. Abroad, he appeared in Paris, Nice, Amsterdam, Brussels and Munich.

Surprisingly for an Italian singer, Berdini specialized in German and in contemporary opera; further examples: Das Paradies und die Peri (by Schumann), Daphne by Richard Strauss (where he sang Leukippos), Ifigenia (by Pizzetti), I due timidi (by Rota). He sang also a lot on the concert podium, and on the Italian radio RAI.

Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens (they call him Amadeo instead of Amedeo); reference 2

I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the recording.

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