Piero Cappuccilli (Trieste, november 9, 1929 – July 12, 2005) was an Italian operaticbaritone, specialized in Verdiroles, especially Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra. He was famous for his extraordinary breath control and smooth legato. He is seen by many as one of the finest Italian baritones of the second half of the twentieth century.
Cappuccilli was originally destined to be an architect , but after encouragement from family members, he decided to pursue a career in opera. He studied with Luciano Donaggio in his hometown, and made his stage debut there in 1951 singing small roles.
He made his official operatic debut in 1957 at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan, where he sang Tonio in Pagliacci . In 1960 , he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, where he Giorgio Germont in La traviata , which sang its only execution to the "with" would continue.
Cappuccilli spent most of his career in Europe, with only the occasional travel to North and South America. He made his debut at Teatro alla Scala in 1964 as Enrico, at the Royal Opera House in London as Germontin 1967, and his debut at the Opéra de Paris took place in 1978, as Amonasro. He also appeared at the Vienna State opera and the Salzburg Festival. He worked with the greatest European conductors of his time (Herbert von Karajan, Gavazzeni, Claudio Abbado, Kleiber) and became one of the best interpreters of the Italian repertoire.
He sang until he was, in the beginning sixty to a car accident in 1992 ended his stage career. He died in his birth city of Trieste, at the age of 75 years.
Cappuccilli left a great discography after; He recorded Lucia di Lammermoor twice, first with Maria Callas in 1959, later with Beverly Sills in 1970. Other notable recordings are Rigoletto, opposite Ileana Cotrubas andPlacido Domingo, under Carlo Maria Giulini, Macbeth, opposite Shirley Verrett , and Simon Boccanegra, opposite Mirella Freni and Nicolai Ghiaurov, both under Claudio Abbado.