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15 January 2008

Giuliano Ciannella, 64, Exponent of Lyric Tenor and Verdi Repertory During the 1980s, Has Died

Giuliano Ciannella
Giuliano Ciannella
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Photo by Erika Davidson

Palermo, Italy, October 25, 1943 - Ferrara, January 13, 2008

Giuliano Ciannella, an active exponent of the lyric tenor and Verdi repertory in the 1980s, has died.

A student of Carlo Bergonzi, the tenor made his professional debut at Teatro Nuovo, Milan, in 1974, and arrived at La Scala in 1976, as Cassio in Otello. His first appearances with the Met were as Alfredo in spring 1979 Parks concerts of La Traviata: his official Met debut came the following autumn, as Cassio in a season-opening Otello that was also telecast on Live from the Met.

Ciannella sang more than 100 performances with the company during his nine seasons on the roster, with his most frequent assignments being Alfredo, Rodolfo in La Bohème, the title role in Don Carlo, Pinkerton and the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier. In the Met's day-long telecast celebration of its centennial, in 1983, Ciannella sang the Madama Butterfly love duet with Leona Mitchell. He stopped singing regularly with the company in 1986, but returned ten years later for a single Calàf in a Parks concert of Turandot.

Away from the Met, Ciannella appeared with Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, La Fenice, Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among many other companies. After he retired from the stage, Ciannella was a professor of singing at the conservatories in Parma and Ferrara. He reportedly died after a long illness.

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