Gardoni, Italo


Italian operatic tenor; born at Parma, was a pupil of De 'Cesari, and made his debut m Roberto Devereux at Viadana, in 1840. Going to Berlin, he appeared as Rodrigo in the same cast with Rubini, who sang Otello. After successive appearances in Milan, Brescia and Vienna, where he sang with Viardot and Alboni in several operas, he went to Paris, where he created the part of the tenor in Marie Stuart at the Academic Royale, and also was given the chief parts in the Favorite, Robert le Diable, etc. His first London appearance was in 1847, where he succeeded to a portion of the favor accorded Mario. From that time forth he sang during the winter at the Theatre des Italiens, Paris, returning to London for the season, although engaged occasionally for the season in Madrid, Rome, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg.