TITO GOBBI d1984. Italian operatic baritone with an international reputation. He made his operatic debut in Gubbio in 1935 (as Count Rodolfo) and quickly appeared in Italy major opera houses. By the time he retired in 1979 he had acquired a repertoire of almost 100 operatic roles. They ranged from Rossini's Barber through Donizetti and the standard Verdi and Puccini baritone roles to Alban Berg's Wozzeck. He had a worldwide career as operatic baritone, appearing in (or recording the singing role) for over 25 films. From the mid-1960s onward, he was the stage director for about ten different operas which were given close to 35 productions throughout Europe and North America. He retired in 1979 and died in Rome in 1984 aged 70.
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