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Born Alexandria.

Italian baritone.

Claudio Desderi was, throughout his career, a superbly virtuosic performer of the classic buffo baritone repertoire.

He studied in Florence at the Cherubini Conservatory of Music.  He won several international prizes, including first prize for lieder interpretation at the International Festival of Romantic Music in 1967.

His operatic debut was at the Teatro Municipale, Reggio Emilia in Il signor Bruschino.

He was a member of the company from La Scala Milan that visited London in 1976, when he appeared in La cenerentola alternating as Dandini and Don Magnifico.

His Edinburgh Festival appearances were in 1969 with the Teatro Comunale, Florence in Il signor Bruschino,  then in 1982 with the company from La Scala, Milan in La pietra del paragone.  His final visit in 1992 was a delightful solo turn, conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra while singing the Maestro in Cimarosa's delightful Il maestro di cappella.

Roles in Scotland

Gaudenzio a wealthy old gentleman
Signor Bruschino 1969
Macrobio a journalist and critic, associated with Baroness Aspasia
Pietra del paragone 1982
Maestro di cappella 1992
Maestro di cappella 1992

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