|Foto: Paul Martens|
One of the greatest Italian-American singers of the 20th century was the unforgettable basso Giorgio Tozzi (1923-2011). Toward the end of his life I had many telephone conversations with Maestro Tozzi. I will never forget the immensity of his warmth, kindness, generosity, and knowledge. Few people know that, besides his brilliant operatic career, he -- not Pinza -- was the voice of Rossano Brazzi in the film South Pacific (1958). This duet from Smetana's Bartered Bride was recorded the following year. Tozzi is joined by the legendary tenor, Nicolai Gedda.