Tenor Franco Bonisolli autograph: Hand signed photo of Bonisolli in Luise Miller at the States Opera House Wien.
Real Photo by Fayer, signed by Bosnisolli in Wien in the 1970-80s. Size: 3,5 x 5,5 inches.
Franco Bonisolli (born Rovereto1937 - died Vienna 2003) was an Italian opera tenor, famed for both his ringing upper register and his eccentric behaviour. His onstage antics earned him the nickname "Il Pazzo."
He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on Feb. 24, 1971 in the role of "Almaviva" in The Barber of Seville and repeated the role during the 1986 to 1988, and 1990 seasons. Altogether, he gave 25 performances in 7 different operas.
A hallmark performance for Bonisolli is Bizet's "Je crois entende encore", an aria from the opera the Pearlfishers. The subtlety of the libretto allows the melody to work in harmony with the vocalist. The sublime effect can only be achieved by a master artist. "Je crois entendre" has been attempted by many famous tenors to little effect. He is also remembered for his portrayal of Manrico in "Il Trovatore" by Giuseppe Verdi, to which he brought not only a thrilling vocal performance, but a magnetic charisma.
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