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In Montespertoli, in piazza Machiavelli, which is also the heart of the historic center, the Amedeo Bassi Museum dedicated to the tenor born in Montespertoli is inaugurated.

 

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This intimate museum has three halls but it fully traces the life and achievements of a real Celebrity of his time. The relics, the videos reconstructing the story of the famous tenor and museum equipment lead visitors to the re-discovery of the great Italian music tradition, which artists like Amedeo Bassi have proudly made famous all over the world.

A very talented man, whose memory was lost, a musical talent of unique capability; in his native town, a summer music festival and the local Philharmonic orchestra have been named after him. His repertoire was extremely wide, ranging from Verdi to Puccini, from Giordano to Leoncavallo, from Mascagni to Wagner, in more than seventy different roles.

Bassi was a man of humble origins, who worked in a furnace when he was young. It was precisely in this place that he was heard singing and encouraged to study singing; he made his debut in the Teatro del Popolo (the People’s Theatre) in Castelfiorentino in 1897 with an opera called Ruy Blas. He was acclaimed in many Italian theatres and also abroad, in London, Paris, Vienna, in Russia; he went overseas and in 1902 he went to Buenos Aires and all South America, finally reaching the main theatres of New York and the Unites States.

Around 1926, he retired and spent the rest of his life in Florence, devoting himself to teaching singing; he died in Florence on the 20th of January 1949.

 

 

 



 

 

 

Published: 28/11/2014

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