Cesare Valletti (Roma 1922 - Genova 2000)
He began to gain notoriety playing The turkish to Italy in 1950 at the Teatro Eliseo in Rome, in the historic revival of the opera by Rossini conducted by Gianandrea Gavazzeni, with Maria Callas and Mariano Stabile. He followed in the same year, his debut with Falstaff at La Scala, where he appeared regularly until 55, when, again with Callas, he participated in an historic edition of La Sonnambula, conducted by Leonard Bernstein with Luchino Visconti. Always next to Callas she sang in Traviata at the Royal Opera House in London in 1958. In Europe it was also present in Vienna, Salzburg, Glyndebourne. It also appeared in Mexico and Argentina. In 1953 was the debut in the United States, the San Francisco Opera in Werther next to Giulietta Simionato, and the same year his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Don Giovanni. It was present regularly at the Met until 1960 with several titles, including The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, L'elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale. The divorce from the highest US theater was in a rather traumatic as a result of misunderstandings with the superintendent Rudolf Bing, who decided to replace during the tests edition of L'elisir d'amore. Then he did not accept more than return to the Met continued his career mainly in Italy, with a predilection for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and officially retiring from the stage in 1967 but appearing for the last time next year at the "Festival Caramoor" New York in the coronation of Poppea. Portrait photo autographed by the artist, dated Rome, 1949.