In May 2014 Giuseppe Valdengo would have turned 100 years old. A fact that has escaped everyone, because the baritone born in Turin is now almost completely forgotten. How sad! And then to think that he was one of the beloved singers of Arturo Toscanini! He can still be admired on live radio recordings of Aida, Otello and Falstaff, led by the great maestro.
Opera News wrote about Valdengo: “Although his timbre lacked the innate beauty of some of his baritone contemporaries, Valdengo’s performances were invariably satisfying – bold and assured in attack but scrupulously musical. How true!
Below is a tribute to the baritone, made on the occasion of his hundredth birthday: