Giuseppe Campora

30 September 1923 Tortona – 5 December 2004 Tortona

I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the picture
Picture of Giuseppe Campora

Picture of Giuseppe Campora as Don Carlo
Don Carlo

Picture of Giuseppe Campora

Giuseppe Campora with Tebaldi in Traviata
with Tebaldi in Traviata

Giuseppe Campora singsL'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima
In RA format

Giuseppe Campora singsLodoletta: Ah, ritrovarla nella sua capanna
In RA format

Giuseppe Campora singsPagliacci: Vesti la giubba
In RA format

On Campora, cf. also Daniele Godor's articles on Opera at the San Carlo and on Verdi singing.

After vocal studies in Genova and Milano, Campora made his debut in 1949 stepping in for Galliano Masini as Rodolfo at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari. In 1951, he was already at La Scala (as Maurizio with Renata Tebaldi, Vittorio Serafin conducting), and sang Radames in the Aida film in which Sofia Loren played (not sang, of course) the title character.

Very quickly, he made a first-rate career. He sang regularly at La Scala, and appeared at the Colón in Buenos Aires, the San Carlo in Naples, in Rio de Janeiro, at the Arena di Verona or the Maggio Musicale in Florence. From 1954 to 1959 and from 1963 to 1965, he was a member of the Met.

His career into the late 1970s; other than at La Scala, he appeared at La Monnaie in Brussels, at the Paris Opéra, the Liceu in Barcelona, in Hamburg, Zürich, Geneva, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Ciudad de México, Bucarest, Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Glasgow, Monte Carlo, Torino, Palermo, and in his later years a lot at the New York City Opera.

Reference 1: Preiser CD liner notes; reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens

I wish to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recordings (Pagliacci, Lodoletta), and pictures (top, bottom).

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