Flaviano Labò

1 February 1927 Borgonovo Val Tidone – 13 February 1991 Melegnano

Picture of Flaviano Labò

Picture of Flaviano Labò

Flaviano Labò asks Marcello Del Monaco for advice
Flaviano Labò asked Marcello Del Monaco for advice on how to start Parmi veder le lagrime with an open or covered tone, giving examples.
Flaviano Labò sings Loreley: Nel verde maggio
In RA format

Flaviano Labò sings Das Land des Lächelns: Tu che m'hai preso il cor
In RA format

Flaviano Labò sings Turandot: Nessun dorma (1)
In RA format

Flaviano Labò sings Turandot: Nessun dorma (2)
In RA format
I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (Loreley).
Nessun dorma 2: recording provided by Daniele Godor.
You'll read that Labò was discovered by conductor Antonino Votto while a soldier in World War II; given his date of birth, it should be obvious that this is nonsensical. In reality, he began his vocal studies at a music school in Piacenza after the war, and auditioned at La Scala in 1949 – for Votto and Victor De Sabata, among others. He was successful and won a place at the opera school of La Scala, where Ettore Campogalliani was one of his teachers, whom he followed to Mantova later on so as to finish his studies.

Labò made his debut as Cavaradossi at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza in 1954, and gave his farewell performance at the same theater in 1989 as Gabriele Adorno. The 35 years in between were filled with an exceptional international career. He made his Met debut as Radames in November 1957 (61 performances until 1971). 1959 was a spectacular year for Labò: he made his first appearances at the New York City Opera, in San Francisco, Houston, New Orleans, at Covent Garden (as Radames and at the Paris Opéra (as Radames again)! In 1960, he arrived at La Scala (debut: Don Carlos in French, 13 December 1960; 77 performances until 1984) and at the Vienna Staatsoper (17 performances until 1968). Other than that, he sang in Rome, Florence, Genova, Palermo, Verona, Venice, Torino, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Zürich, Monte Carlo, Brussels, Amsterdam, Budapest, Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Hamburg, Leipzig...

He died in a car accident in the Po valley's dreaded fog.

Reference 1, reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens, reference 3


Tosca – Piacenza, 31 October 1954
Cavalleria rusticana – Moglia, 25 December 1954
La bohème – Bagnacavallo, 18 April 1955
Turandot – Mantova, 10 May 1955
La forza del destino – Jesi, 20 September 1955
Madame Butterfly – Piacenza, 16 July 1956
La traviata – New York, 17 January 1958
Lucia di Lammermoor – New York, 20 January 1958
Aida – Mexico, 24 September 1958
Rigoletto – Enna, 15 July 1959
Il trovatore – Monterey, 3 October 1959
La Gioconda – Miami, May 1960
Don Carlo – Milano, 13 December 1960
Simon Boccanegra – Buenos Aires, 20 August 1961
Faust – Torino, 28 April 1962
Un ballo in maschera – New York, 15 March 1963
Mefistofele – Rio de Janeiro, 3 July 1964
Ernani – Buenos Aires, 28 August 1964
Il pirata – Firenze, 13 June 1967
Luisa Miller – Buenos Aires, 28 May 1968
Der Rosenkavalier – New York, 27 January 1969
Gloria – Torino, 8 July 1969
Andrea Chénier – Napoli, 3 July 1970
Giovanna d'Arco – Roma, 15 May 1972
Pagliacci – Zaragoza, 24 May 1973
Manon Lescaut – Piacenza, 4 January 1974
Iris – Napoli, 13 January 1976
Macbeth – Parma, 2 January 1981
La fanciulla del West – Genova, 17 April 1981
Otello – Lodi, Teatro San Francesco, 13 May 1984 (excerpts with piano)
Lucia di Lammermoor (Arturo) – Milano, Scala, 3 July 1984
Nabucco – Novara, 10 July 1986
Attila – Mantova, 2 November 1987
Reference: Ferrari/Gualerzi/Maggi Flaviano Labò Fior di tenore, Banca di Piacenza
I wish to thank Domenico Lanfranchi for the correction to the repertory.
I wish to thank Roberto Falcone for the picture (bottom).

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