Giovanni Matteo Mario was one of the leading tenors of Europe during the mid-nineteenth century. Although he took an alias, possibly to protect himself from repercussions of the Sardinian army after his desertian, no intrigues seemed to follow him. He appeared in numerous operas and first performances of title roles. Mario was a naturally gifted lyric tenor whose range extended form c to c'' and on one occassion, he extended his falsetto to reach f''. The composers for whom he sang included Rossini, Verdi, Flotow, Belini, Meyerbeer, Donizetti, Gounod, Cimarosa, Pacini, and Poniatowski. Mario performed a number of roles including Othello, Gianetto, Lindoro, Arthur, Edgar, Carlo, Faust, Nemorino, Alfredo, Federico, Manrico, et al. He traveled widely throughout Europe and at the age of sixty seven even performed in the United States.
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