Italian Tenor Franco Bonisolli Dies at 65
Franco Bonisolli, an Italian tenor who performed with the Vienna State Opera for decades, has died, the opera house said Thursday. He was 65.
Bonisolli died during the night, opera spokeswoman Margarete Arnold said. She didn’t identify the cause of death or say where he died.
Bonisolli made his opera debut as Ruggero in Puccini’s “La Rondine” at the renowned festival in Spoleto, Italy, in 1962, later singing the part of the Prince in “L’Amour des Trois Oranges.”
His debut with the Vienna State Opera came in 1968, and he eventually performed with top opera houses worldwide, including the New York Metropolitan Opera , where he first sang in 1970.
He sang a total of 25 performances at the Met over the next two decades as Count Almaviva in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “Faust,” the Duke in “Rigoletto,” Cavaradossi in “Tosca,” Alfredo in “La Traviata” and Manrico in “Il Trovatore.”
He performed at the Vienna opera house for the last time in 2000 as Manrico in “Il Trovatore,” the Vienna opera house said.
Bonisolli was born May 25, 1938 in the northern Italian city of Rovereto.