Bruno Rufo

born 1941

Bruno Rufo sings Il trovatore: Ah sì, ben mio ... Di quella pira
In RA format

Rufo made his debut in 1965 in Spoleto as Pinkerton. He had early successes in Ireland in 1967 (Dublin and Cork); in Italy, his career took off in the 1970s and 1980s: Rome (both at the opera house and the Terme di Caracalla), Genova (Teatro Margherita), Trieste, La Scala (Jacopo Foscari, 1979), Parma, Modena, Naples (Teatro San Carlo), Ravenna festival, Arena di Verona. Abroad, he sang at the Vienna Staatsoper (3 performances as Manrico, 1979 and 1980), at the São Carlos in Lisbon, in Monte Carlo, Las Palmas, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Düsseldorf-Duisburg, Liège or the Chorégies d'Orange. He seems to have quit the stage already in the late 1980s.

His repertory comprised, other than the roles already mentioned, Calaf, Don Carlo, Ernani, Radames, Gabriele Adorno, Turiddu, Lohengrin, Zamoro (Alzira), Samson or the title role in Mercadante's beautiful Il bravo.

He was married to pianist Yoko Kita; their daughter Caterina Rufo became an operatic soprano.

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

I would like to thank Georges Cardol for the recording.

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