Beniamino Gigli: the greatest tenor in the world, from Recanati to The Met Opera of NYC and his own star in Hollywood!

38718195_21a4da16d3Temperatures have finally become more pleasant, so I love having long walks with friends on the central streets of New York. We often head north on the Broadway, until we get to the Lincoln Square, where we like to stop for a drink and watch all the people walking nonstop up and down the streets. If you’e ever been in New York, you can probably understand what I mean…

Lincoln Center in New York

Lincoln Center in New York

The other day I was enjoying a good Italian wine with my friend close to the Metropolitan Opera. We really want to attend one of the several events organized by this famous theater, which often hosts Italian artists, too.

nside the Met of NYC

nside the Met of NYC

While talking about that, I thought immediately to the town of Recanati and the connection with the Met of NY was instant! That’s why the next morning, I decided to contact the master Luigi Vincenzoni, the grandson of the famous Beniamino Gigli, to have his support in writing an article about this beloved Italian Tenor from the Marche Region.

After a couple of days, I received an email from Italy in which the Beniamino Gigli Foundation confirmed they were pleased to collaborate with Discovermarche for the publication of the piece and the master Vincenzoni was really excited about that, too. You can imagine my joy and satisfaction!

Beniamino Gigli, one of the greatest tenor in the world

Beniamino Gigli, one of the greatest tenor in the world

The Marche is not just a Region with beautiful and pristine landscapes; it is also the homeland of internationally renowned artists. And it is actually in Recanati that Beniamino Gigli was born on March 20, 1890.

On November 14 1921, coming after the other great Italian Tenor Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli inaugurated the new season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with La TraviataHe rose a true international prominence and his popularity with audiences was immediate! Gigli was a Tenor of international reputation, one of the most famous opera singers of the XX century, with a rare extension voice. His voice has been appreciated by audiences around the world, and drew applause and cheers of other Masters and colleagues: his name has indeed remained immortal in time!giglisaluta_jo336vw6

He sang songs like “Forget me Not”, “Mom” and “O sole mio” worldwide. He was the most popular artist of his generation (not only he was a tenor but also an renowned actor), the most acclaimed and undoubtedly the most loved. His precious voice was also at the service of charity: with more than a thousand performances donated around the world.

Portrait of Beniamino Gigli at the Met in New York

Portrait of Beniamino Gigli at the Met in New York

On 8 October 1997, the mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani promoted the “Beniamino Gigli Day”, which stated as follows: (to read the statement, please click here)

Original proclamato of the "Beniamino Gigli Day" proclamed by the Mayor of NY Rudolph Giuliani on 8 October 1997

Original proclamation of the “Beniamino Gigli Day”  by the Mayor of NY Rudolph Giuliani on 8 October 1997

As a proof of how the Tenor from the Marche was so much loved overseas, you have to know the great Beniamino Gigli has been dedicated a star on the famous Walk of Fame in Hollywood, one of the most famous streets in the world.

The star of Beniamino Gigli in Hollywood

The star of Beniamino Gigli in Hollywood

This is one of the reason why we are proud of being from the Marche!

A special thanks to the grandson of Beniamino Gigli, the Master Luigi Vincenzoni: thanks to his passion and great efforts he is keeping alive the memory of one of the greatest Italian Tenor in the world!

And thanks to the Beniamino Gigli Foundation of Recanati for all info kindly provided. Please visit their official website, by clicking: here.

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