Ruggero Raimondi Italian Bass born 1941

Ruggero Raimondi Italian Bass born 1941

Ruggero Raimondi (born 3 October 1941) is an Italian bass-baritone opera singer who has also appeared in motion pictures.

Ruggero Raimondi Italian Bass born 1941

Life and career-Early training and career

Ruggero Raimondi was born in Bologna, Italy, during World War II. His voice matured early into its adult timbre, and at the age of 15, he auditioned for conductor Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, who encouraged him to pursue an operatic career. He began vocal studies with Ettore Campogalliani, and was accepted at age 16 as a student at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Ruggero Raimondi then continued his studies in Rome, under the guidance of Teresa Pediconi and Armando Piervenanzi.

After having won the National Competition for young opera singers in Spoleto, Ruggero Raimondi made his debut in the same city in the role of Colline in La bohème in the Festival dei Due Mondi. Subsequently, an opportunity arose for him at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome when Ruggero Raimondi was called upon to substitute in the role of Procida in Giuseppe Verdi’s I vespri siciliani, and he received enormous success from the public and the critics. The young singer was very shy and stiff at first, but his early directors helped him, and he was soon an accomplished opera actor.

Opera, film and television star

Ruggero Raimondi’s career soon extended to the major opera houses in Italy, such as La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Comunale in Florence and abroad, beginning with the Glyndebourne Festival (Don Giovanni in 1969). Ruggero Raimondi La Scala debut was as Timur in Turandot in 1968, his Metropolitan Opera debut was as Silva in Ernani in 1970, and his Covent Garden debut was as Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra in 1972. In 1975, Ruggero Raimondi made his Paris Opera debut as Procida, followed by the title role in Boris Godunov, and Ruggero Raimondi Salzburg Festival debut in 1980 as the King in Aida. In 1986, he first directed a production of Don Giovanni, and decided to continue his career as a director as well.

Some of Ruggero Raimondi most important roles have been King Philip in Verdi’s Don Carlos; Fiesco; the title roles in Boris Godunov (including the Andrzej Żuławski film) and Attila; Silva; Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen (including the Francesco Rosi film, 1984, with Plácido Domingo and Julia Migenes); the title role in Don Giovanni (including the Joseph Losey film, 1979); Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro; and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte; the title role in Don Quichotte by Massenet; and Scarpia in a recording of Tosca produced by Ardermann and later filmed live from Rome, with Plácido Domingo and Catherine Malfitano, conducted by Zubin Mehta. Ruggero Raimondi also made the television film Six characters in search of a singer. In 2008 he appeared in the Mini-Series ”Les Sanglot des Anges” on French TV, in which Ruggero Raimondi played the role of an Italian opera singer. In July 2011 he played the role of Pagano in Verdi’s I Lombardi alla prima crociata on the rooftop of Milan Cathedral. The concert was organized by the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.

Recordings -Audio recordings

Mozart: Don Giovanni | Sony | 1978
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro | Decca | 1985
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov | Erato | 1989
Puccini: Turandot | Deutsche Grammophon | 1981
Puccini: Tosca | Deutsche Grammophon | 1979
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia | Deutsche Grammophon | 1993
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia | EMI | 1973–74
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (w/bonus DVD) DVD | Decca | 1993
Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims | Deutsche Grammophon | 1984
Rossini: La Cenerentola| Decca | 1987
Rossini: L’italiana in Algeri | Deutsche Grammophon | 1989
Verdi: Aida | Deutsche Grammophon | 1981
Verdi: I vespri siciliani | RCA Red Seal | 1973
Verdi: Attila | Philips | 1972
Verdi: Don Carlos | Deutsche Grammophon | 1985
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera | Deutsche Grammophon | 1980
Verdi: I masnadieri | Phillips | 1975

TV

2008 : Le Sanglot des Anges, mini series directed by Jacques Otmezguine
2005 : Così fan tutte staged by Patrice Chéreau
2001 : Il turco in Italia with Cecilia Bartoli at Zürich Opera House
1992 : Glyndebourne Festival Opera: A Gala Evening, directed by Christopher Swann
1992 : Tosca: in the settings and at the times of Tosca, directed by Brian Large (with Malfitano and Domingo)
1992 : Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Brian Large
1991 : José Carreras and Friends: Opera Recital
1985 : Faust staged by Ken Russell at the Vienna State Opera
1983 : The Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala Directed by Kirk Browning
1983 : Ernani Directed by Kirk Browning (with Milnes and Pavarotti)
1982 : Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
1981 : Six personnages en quête d’un chanteur by Maurice Béjart
1980 : Boris Godunov staged by Joseph Losey at Opéra National de Paris

Filmography

2019 : Beaux-parents by Héctor Cabello Reyes
2001 : Tosca by Benoît Jacquot, with Angela Gheorghiu & Roberto Alagna
1997 : Les Couleurs du diable [fr] by Alain Jessua
1989 : Boris Godunov by Andrzej Żuławski
1984 : Carmen by Francesco Rosi, with Plácido Domingo
1983 : La vie est un roman by Alain Resnais
1982 : La Truite by Joseph Losey
1979 : Don Giovanni by Joseph Losey, with José van Dam, Kiri Te Kanawa
Honours
Monaco: Commander of the Order of Cultural Merit (November 1999)

På svenska

Ruggero Raimondi debuterade 1964 vid festivalen i Spoleto som Colline i Bohème.1965-67 var han knuten till Teatro La Fenice i Venedig och från 1970 till La Scala och Metropolitan, där han debuterade som Silva i Verdis Ernani. Även på de stora scenerna i London, Paris och Tyskland är han en ofta återkommande gäst.

Ruggero Raimondi, av hans roller kan nämnas Figaro i Figaros bröllop, Mosè in Egitto, Raimondi i Lucia di Lammermoor,Zaccaria i Verdis Nebukadnessar, Boris Godunov och Arkel i Pelléas et Mélisande.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:223000  
Ernani {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/14/1970
Opening Night {86}
Rudolf Bing, General Manager
Debut: Ruggero Raimondi
Review
[Met Performance] CID:223050
Ernani {45}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/19/1970
[Met Performance] CID:223100
Ernani {46}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/24/1970
[Met Performance] CID:223140
Norma {84}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/28/1970
[Met Performance] CID:223190
Norma {85}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/3/1970
[Met Performance] CID:223310
Lucia di Lammermoor {388}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/15/1970
[Met Performance] CID:223400
Lucia di Lammermoor {389}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/24/1970
[Met Performance] CID:223440
Lucia di Lammermoor {390}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/28/1970
[Met Performance] CID:223470
Lucia di Lammermoor {391}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/31/1970
[Met Performance] CID:225740
Aida {792}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/8/1971
[Met Performance] CID:225770
Don Giovanni {297}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/11/1971
[Met Performance] CID:227140
Faust {640}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/4/1971
[Met Performance] CID:227250
Luisa Miller {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/15/1971
[Met Performance] CID:227300
Luisa Miller {25}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/20/1971
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:229210  Review
Gala Performance Honoring Sir Rudolf Bing
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/22/1972
Telecast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:229250
Faust {650}
Hynes Civic Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/27/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229320
Faust {651}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 05/4/1972
Review
[Met Performance] CID:229370
Faust {652}
Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; 05/9/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229440
La Bohème {727}
Memphis, Tennessee; 05/16/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229470
Faust {653}
Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana; 05/19/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229530
Faust {654}
Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/25/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229590
Faust {655}
Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan; 05/31/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229620
La Bohème {729}
Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan; 06/3/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229690
Rigoletto {502}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/10/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229740
Don Carlo {95}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/15/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229790
Aida {795}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/20/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229810
Rigoletto {505}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/22/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229840
Aida {796}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/24/1972
[Met Performance] CID:231050
Don Giovanni {300}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/23/1972
Debuts: Elizabeth Vaughan, Peter Maag
[Met Performance] CID:231070
Don Giovanni {301}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/26/1972
[Met Performance] CID:231150
Don Giovanni {302}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/4/1972
[Met Performance] CID:231240
Don Giovanni {303}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/13/1972
[Met Performance] CID:231320
Don Giovanni {304}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/21/1972
[Met Performance] CID:231360
Don Giovanni {305}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/25/1972
[Met Performance] CID:232310
Macbeth {26}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1973
Debuts: Glenn Bater, Linore Aronson, Neil Peter Jampolis
[Met Performance] CID:232370
Macbeth {27}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/31/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232400 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Macbeth {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/3/1973
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:232440
Macbeth {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/7/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232460
Aida {807}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/9/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232500
Macbeth {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232550
Macbeth {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232640
Rigoletto {510}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/22/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232660
Macbeth {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232770
Rigoletto {511}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232790
Aida {810}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/1/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232970
Norma {94}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/9/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233040
Norma {95}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/13/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233180
Don Giovanni {313}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233280
Don Giovanni {314}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/4/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233540
Macbeth {35}
Hynes Civic Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/27/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233610
Macbeth {36}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 05/4/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233680
Macbeth {37}
Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; 05/11/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233720
Macbeth {38}
Memphis, Tennessee; 05/15/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233750
Macbeth {39}
State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas; 05/18/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233830
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {351}
Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/26/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233900
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {352}
Detroit, Michigan; 06/2/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233920
Macbeth {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/4/1973
[Met Performance] CID:267900
I Vespri Siciliani {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/17/1982
Review
[Met Performance] CID:267930  Opera News
I Vespri Siciliani {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/20/1982
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:267980
I Vespri Siciliani {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/1982
[Met Performance] CID:268050
I Vespri Siciliani {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/27/1982
[Met Performance] CID:268100
I Vespri Siciliani {34}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/1/1982
[Met Performance] CID:268160
I Vespri Siciliani {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/7/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270640
New production
Macbeth {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/18/1982
Debuts: Karen Bureau, Christina Kumi Kimball, Peter Hall, John Bury, Stuart Hopps
Review
[Met Performance] CID:270660
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {396}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270680
Macbeth {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/22/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270690
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {397}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/23/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270720
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {398}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270740
Macbeth {45}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/27/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270770
Macbeth {46}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/1/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270780
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {399}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/2/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270810
Macbeth {47}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1982
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:274260
Centennial Gala I
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/22/1983
100th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:274290
La Forza del Destino {205}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/25/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274320
La Forza del Destino {206}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/28/1983
Debut: Silvano Carroli
[Met Performance] CID:274360
La Forza del Destino {207}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/1/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274530
New Production
Ernani {50}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/18/1983
Debut: Pier Luigi Samaritani
Review
[Met Performance] CID:274560
Ernani {51}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/21/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274590
Ernani {52}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/24/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274650
Ernani {53}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274690
Ernani {54}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/3/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274710
Ernani {55}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/6/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274750
Ernani {56}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/9/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274790
Ernani {57}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/12/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274840  Opera News
Ernani {58}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1983
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:274890
Ernani {59}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274920
Ernani {60}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/23/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274960
Ernani {61}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/1983
[Met Performance] CID:282600
New Production
Le Nozze di Figaro {280}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/22/1985
[Met Performance] CID:282630
Le Nozze di Figaro {281}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/25/1985
[Met Performance] CID:282660
Le Nozze di Figaro {282}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/28/1985
[Met Performance] CID:282720
Le Nozze di Figaro {283}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1985
Review
[Met Performance] CID:282760
Le Nozze di Figaro {284}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/7/1985
[Met Performance] CID:282780
Le Nozze di Figaro {285}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/10/1985
[Met Performance] CID:282820  Opera News
Le Nozze di Figaro {286}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/14/1985
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:282940
Le Nozze di Figaro {290}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1985
[Met Performance] CID:282970
Le Nozze di Figaro {291}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/30/1985
[Met Performance] CID:283000
Le Nozze di Figaro {292}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1986
Debut: Max Epstein
[Met Performance] CID:295240
Don Carlo {146}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295270
Don Carlo {147}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295310
Don Carlo {148}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/3/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295350
Don Carlo {149}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/7/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295370
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {432}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/9/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295390
Don Carlo {150}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/11/1989
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:295470
Don Carlo {152}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/18/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295510
Don Carlo {153}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1989
[Met Performance] CID:352338
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {570}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/07/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352353
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {571}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352372
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {572}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/21/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352383
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {573}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/25/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352391
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {574}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/29/2008

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