B1364. MIRTO PICCHI. E Lucevan le Stelle [Autobiography]. Bologna, Bongiovanni, 1981. 107pp. Index; Photos. (Italian Text) (Pictorial thick paper covers)
Mirto Picchi was a great singer-actor, and an authentic master of the art of recitar cantando (his exceptional interpretations were many and varied, from Peter Grimes to Aligi, from Tom Rakewell to Oedipus, from the Captain in WOZZECK to Vasek in THE BARTERED BRIDE. Here Picchi shows himself to be just as skilful with a pen, and some pages are worthy of a professional writer. His memoirsfiltered through a fundamentally melancholy mind wedded to a sense of humour that is sometimes bitter and abrasive (present even in the titles)can be read with profit because they throw a ray of truth upon a world where external and shoddy criteria often prevail over the deeper values of man and art. Picchi, a disenchanted protagonist (sometimes in spite of himself), looks, observes and judges with serenity (from this viewpoint the pages devoted to Callas are basic).
- Giorgio Gualerzi
Mirto Picchi was an Italian dramatic tenor, particularly associated with the Italian repertory, and with contemporary works. Picchi studied in Milan with Giulia Tess and Giuseppe Armani, and made his début there as Radamès in AÏDA, in 1946.
One of the leading tenors of the post-war period, he had a fine voice and was an accomplished singing-actor. He retired from the stage in 1974 (Don Basilio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, at La Scala).
- Zillah Dorset Akron