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1 August 2015

Mario Sereni, 87, Baritone Who Sang at Met for More than Twenty-Five Seasons, has Died

Perugia, Italy, March 25, 1928–July 24, 2015

The baritone was a valuable member of the Metropolitan Opera’s roster for more than twenty-five seasons, beginning with his company debut, as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier, in 1957. Sereni sang 553 performances with the company in New York and on tour, appearing most frequently as Marcello in La Bohème, Germont, Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor, Belcore, Sharpless and Amonasro. In 1964, Sereni was a memorable Ford in the first performances of Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved Met staging of Falstaff, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. He also appeared in new Met productions of Pagliacci (Silvio, 1958) and Aida (Amonasro, 1963) and in the 1972 Met gala saluting Rudolf Bing. Sereni made his last appearance with the Met in 1984, as Schaunard in La Bohème

Although he never achieved the star status of his some of his baritone contemporaries in the Italian repertory, Sereni was an unfailingly sincere, intelligent artist of great commitment, as demonstrated by his studio recordings of his signature roles including Germont (EMI, 1959), Carlo Gérard (EMI, 1963), Marcello (EMI, 1963) and Enrico Ashton (RCA, 1965). He retired in 1986. spacer

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