Operatic Bass Giorgio Tozzi Dies at 88

By: Bethany Gillis Email
By: Bethany Gillis Email

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Opera singer Giorgio Tozzi (TAHT'-zee)
has died in Bloomington, Ind. He was 88. Linda Holmstrom of Day Funeral Home says Tozzi died Monday.

The operatic bass sang with New York's Metropolitan Opera from
1954 to 1974, featuring in 399 performances of 37 roles, including
Figaro in "The Marriage of Figaro," and Don Basilio in "Barber
of Seville."

He also starred on stage in "South Pacific,""Fiddler on the Roof," "Man of La Mancha" and appeared on various television shows in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tozzi retired from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music
in 2006 after teaching voice there for 15 years.

A World War II U.S. Army veteran, Tozzi is survived by his wife;
a son and daughter; and three grandchildren.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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