Antonio Savastano

Roma 9 February 1948 – Raito 17 December 1991

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Antonio Savastano singsMacbeth: La patria tradita, with Veriano Luchetti (Macduff)
In RA format
Savastano's voice was discovered by the Italian pop singer Teddy Reno, who also paid for his voice lessons. Savastano made his debut at La Scala on 2 January 1976 as Malcolm (cf. the above recording); the next month, he sang his first main part as Duca at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

The mix of comprimario and leading roles would be characteristic of his entire career. At La Scala, he was regularly employed, but almost exclusively in small parts; but it was not only at small theaters where he sang main parts: his debut at the Paris Opéra (1983) was as Rodolfo, he was Leicester in Rossini's Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra at the Regio in Torino in 1985, he sang Elvino, Idreno, Amenofi, Nemorino, Edgardo, Gabriele Adorno, Carlo (in I masnadieri), Macduff. On the other hand, he also sang comprimario parts at theaters other than La Scala (the Young Gypsy in Aleko in Torino in 1980, Nicias in Rome in 1978, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Dallas in 1978, to a devastating review in the February edition of Texas Monthly, as well as in Washington in 1979).

He sang a lot of sacred music like Stabat mater, Petite messe solennelle, Verdi's Requiem, Dvořák's Requiem, Schubert's Mass no. 6, Beethoven's Symphony no. 9, Franck's Béatitudes... regularly under famous conductors like Abbado, Prêtre, Muti or Schippers.

He produced a very beautiful tone, and had a high voice, naturally – but technically, the high notes were his weak point, and often sounded uneasy and laboured.

Early on, he also started to teach voice; one of his pupils was his brother Romualdo, a baritone, who founded a school of singing in Rome after Antonio's premature death (from a heart attack), where he taught the method established by Antonio.

Reference 1; reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens

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