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Tenor Nino Martini
Born in Verona in 1902, Nino Martini studied in Paris and with Zenatello and Gay and made his debut in Milan, in 1925. In 1929 he came to the U.S. Following his Holywood debut, in Paramount on Parade, in 1930, he appeared in four more films. He sang throughout the country and on CBS radio. For 13 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, from 1933-46, he gave a total of 110 performances. Martini died in Verona in 1976.

Some performance highlights:
Rigoletto-Treviglio, Sociale, 1927
I Puritani-Milano, Lirico Sperimentale, 1928
Les Pêcheurs de Perles-Philadelphia, Opera, 1932
Lucia di Lammermoor-New York, MET, 1934
La Traviata-Philadelphia, La Scala Opera, 1934
Gianni Schicchi-New York, MET, 1934
La Bohème-New York, MET, 1934
Linda di Chamounix-New York, MET, 1935
La Rondine-New York, MET, 1936
Il Barbiere di Siviglia-New York, MET, 1939
Madama Butterfly-San Juan, Porto Rico, 1940
Don Pasquale-New York, MET, 1940
Faust-Philadelphia, La Scala Opera, 1945


Paramount on Parade
Salutes from Hollywood
Night in Venice
Moonlight and Romance
The Gay Desperado
Here's to Romance


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