He was born in Recanati, a father who was a shoemaker also the bell-ringer of the cathedral, Gigli immediately showed great aptitude for singing and began studying with the organist and choir director of the Holy House of Loreto, then, winning a competition in 1911 for a bag, it could enroll in Rome at the Liceo Musicale di Santa Cecilia under the guidance of Maestro Enrico Rosati.
Gigli made his debut in the role at the Teatro Sociale di Rovigo in 1914.
From there her whole career was on the rise, and led him to interpret virtually all major tenor roles of the work.
In November of 1918 he sang at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan under the baton of Arturo Toscanini.
In 1920 he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
He remained the undisputed protagonist at the Metropolitan for 12 years, going as a representative of the Italian tradition to the legendary Caruso.
In 1932 he returned to Rome to sing Opera, which will devote a large part of its business Italian.
He died in Rome November 30, 1957 at the age of 67 years.
Beniamino Gigli songs in the video playlist above:
- Se vuoi goder la vita
- Nessun dorma