Cesare Siepi, the wonderful and charismatic bass known for roles such as Don Giovanni, Figaro in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Basilio in The Barber of Seville has died. Siepi, who had been living in the Atlanta area, suffered a stroke in the past weeks and was in Piedmont Hospital. He was 87.
Siepi first appeared at the Metropolitan Opera on November 6, 1950, in Verdi’s Don Carlo in what was General Manager Rudolph Bing’s first performance as manager. Siepi would go on to almost 500 more performances at the Met in his career.
Siepi is survived by his wife, Louellen; his daughter, Luisa; his son, Marco; and two grandchildren.