Carlo Cossutta

Carlo Cossutta

Italian dramatic tenor
Date of Birth: 08.05.1932
Country: Italy

  1. Biography of Carlo Cossutta
  2. Early Life
  3. Debut and Famous Roles
  4. International Success
  5. Later Years and Legacy

Biography of Carlo Cossutta

Carlo Cossutta was an Italian dramatic tenor, whose international career spanned from the mid-1950s to the late 1990s. He began and ended his career on the same stage - at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, where he regularly performed from 1958 to 1998.

Carlo Cossutta

Early Life

Carlo Cossutta was born on May 8, 1932 in Trieste, Italy. He later emigrated to Argentina, where he initially worked as a carpenter before his singing abilities were recognized. Carlo studied the art of vocal performance under Manfredo Miselli, Mario Melani, and Arturo Wolken in Buenos Aires.

Carlo Cossutta

Debut and Famous Roles

Cossutta made his operatic debut in 1956 in a small Argentinian theater, where he performed the role of Alfredo in Giuseppe Verdi's "La traviata." His famous premiere at the Teatro Colón took place in 1958 when he appeared as Cassio in Verdi's "Otello." From then on, he regularly performed on the stage of this theater for four decades, mostly in supporting tenor roles but occasionally in leading roles.

He gained particular acclaim for his portrayal of Othello in Verdi's opera and the role of Pollione in Bellini's "Norma." Although his performances on the opera stage placed him among the leading tenors of his generation, he never achieved the same heights, status, and recognition as his early contemporaries Franco Corelli and Mario del Monaco, or later ones such as Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

International Success

Cossutta first gained international attention in 1964 when he performed the leading role in Alberto Evaristo Ginastera's opera "Don Rodrigo." Following this success, he performed at the Royal Opera House in London throughout the 1960s. The 1970s brought even greater success and international recognition as he appeared on renowned opera stages in Europe and the United States.

In 1977, Cossutta participated in the recording of Verdi's "Otello" alongside Margaret Price as Desdemona and Gabriel Bacquier as Iago, under the baton of Georg Solti conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In the same year, he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera and later at the Hamburg State Opera, where he frequently appeared towards the end of his career.

In 1978, Cossutta was replaced by the young and talented tenor Plácido Domingo on the stage of the San Francisco Opera, who performed the role of Othello. However, Cossutta continued to work productively on the international stage throughout the 1980s. Towards the end of the 1990s, he began to appear less frequently due to declining health. He was diagnosed with liver cancer.

Later Years and Legacy

Cossutta retired from the opera stage in 1998, making his final appearance at the Teatro Colón in the role of Macduff in Verdi's "Macbeth." He spent his last days in Udine, Italy, and passed away on January 22, 2000, due to liver cancer.

Carlo Cossutta's powerful voice and his remarkable performances in both dramatic and lyric-dramatic tenor roles, particularly in the works of Giuseppe Verdi, have left a lasting impact on the world of opera. Though he may not have reached the same level of fame and recognition as some of his contemporaries, his talent and contributions to the art form will always be remembered.