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Born Civitanova Marche, 10 December 1919.

Died Civitanova Marche, 4 May 2003.

Italian bass-baritone.

Sesto Bruscantini had a long career as a notable performer of baritone (and some bass) roles in the Italian repertoire, particularly works by Rossini and Mozart. He also performed several of Verdi's baritone roles with great success.

He studied in Rome with Luigi Ricci, making his debut as Colline in 1946, at his home town. He continued to work around various Italian houses, first singing at La Scala in 1949. He also worked regularly at the Salzburg Festival. Appearances in the USA began with his first Chicago performance in 1961.

In Britain he was a popular and frequent visitor to Glyndebourne. On company visits to the Edinburgh Festival he sang roles by Mozart (Don Alfonso), Rossini (Figaro, Dandini, Raimbaud), Verdi (Ford) and Wolf-Ferrari (Gil). Additional Festival visits were with the companies of La Scala Milan (1957) and San Carlo Naples (1963). He worked with Scottish Opera as Germont and Falstaff. His appearances at Covent Garden included Rossini's Figaro and Gianni Schicchi.

Roles in Scotland

Dandini the Prince's valet
Cenerentola 1953
Raimbaud a friend of Ory
Comte Ory 1954
Don Alfonso a middle-aged bachelor
Così fan tutte 1954
Figaro a barber
Barbiere di Siviglia 1955
Prosdocimo a poet
Turco in Italia 1957
Count Gil
Segreto di Susanna 1960
Ford a merchant of Windsor
Falstaff 1960
Michonnet Stage Director of the Comédie-Française
Adriana Lecouvreur 1963
Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father
Traviata 1973
Traviata 1974
Sir John Falstaff a knight
Falstaff 1976
Falstaff 1977

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