Died: November 30, 1957
Gigli began his singing career as a child, performing for treats and coins at a local café. At age 7, he entered the choir of Recanati Cathedral, where his father was Sacristan. When he was 15 and still a boy soprano, he was recruited to sing the heroine in an operetta in the nearby city of Macerata; he did the production in drag!
During World War I, a music-loving colonel saw to it that he was posted to a non-combat position in Rome and also encouraged him to audition at the famous Academia di Santa Cecilia, where his evident musical talent led them to waive the normally required piano examination.
His Covent Garden debut was not until 1930, as Andrea Chénier. After World War II, which he mostly spent in Italy, he largely restricted his singing to concert performances; his last public appearance was in May 1955, at a concert in Washington, D.C., ending a professional career of 41 years.
Gigli was one of the first singers to make complete opera recordings, including a particularly fine Andrea Chénier (EMI) and Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci released as a set on Nimbus.
|a11-16||Gigli||Amor Ti Vieta||Fedora||1940||2.03|
|a11-18||Gigli||M'appari Tutto Amor||Marta||1929||3:49|
|a11-20||Gigli||Dai campi, dai prati||Mefistofele||1927||2.30|
|a11-22||Gigli||Trio w Rethberg & Pinza||Lombardi||1930||4.14|
|a11-24||Gigli||O Amore||L'amico Fritz||1948||4.36|
|a11-26||Gigli||Amarilli||( Caccini )||1939||3.34|
|a11-28||Gigli||No Pazzo son!||Manon Lescaut||1940||3.18|