Enzo Tei

born 1934 Perugia

First, Tei followed in his father's footsteps, and learned the tailor's trade so as to once take over the family workshop in the very center of historic Perugia. Enzo was good enough to get a job at Luisa Spagnoli's, Perugia's foremost fashion house. But as a visitor of the Teatro Morlacchi, the boy found his true vocation: he wanted to sing opera, and so in the after-work hours, he took voice lessons with local teacher Aldo Zeetti. (Another after-work student of Zeetti at the same time was an apprentice turner: Mario Sereni, who made a good international baritone career.)

In 1957, he won a singing competition at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, and in 1958 the prestigious Spoleto singing competition, and made his debut in Spoleto in Lucia di Lammermoor.

A quick and promising international career began: Rome, Rio de Janeiro, London, Dublin, Vienna, Brussels, the Bregenz Festival. Unfortunately, it lasted but ten or so years. Tei's nerves were not up to the stress of such a career; after a serious breakdown, he totally lost his voice, and had to return to tailoring. He opened his own workshop in Rome, and also taught voice as a second job.

Reference 1, reference 2, reference 3, reference 4: Rome Opera archives

Enzo Tei sings Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m'è forza perderti

Enzo Tei sings Tosca: Vittoria! Vittoria!, with Luisa Maragliano and Giulio Fioravanti
In RA format

Enzo Tei sings Tosca: E lucevan le stelle ... O dolci mani ... Amaro sol per te, with Luisa Maragliano
In RA format

Picture of Luisa Maragliano

Enzo Tei sings Maria di Rohan: Quando il cor da lei piagato
In RA format
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the recordings (Tosca, Maria di Rohan).

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