In memory of Boris Carmeli (1928–2009)…

Saturday, 1 August 2009
Boris Carmeli was one of the most eminent contemporary singers, who completed his musical studies in Milan and Rome, and spoke seven languages fluently. His talent was discovered by the late Maestro Tullio Serafin, who brought Carmeli to Milan’s La Scala. Carmeli’s repertoire included over 70 opera and 80 oratorio roles. Performing regularly on the prime opera stages of the world, the artist has cooperated with New York and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras under Zubin Mehta, Berliner Philharmoniker under Yehudi Menuhin; at New York’s Carnegie Hall, he sang Ivan the Terrible with Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti, and Verdi’s Requiem. Besides the above, he became famous for festival performance of Samson and Delilah under Zubin Mehta in Israel. The Italian un Algiers, and Beethoven’s Ninth conducted by C. M. Giulini, and in The Barber of Seville and The Rake’s Progress under Bertini.
Boris Carmeli was a frequent guest of Italian TV, played leading roles in music films: Turandot with Birgit Nilsson and the La Scala, The Life of Puccini and La Scala di Seta (based on Rossini). He sang at the European premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Paradise Lost conducted by the composer, and in La Scala and in Vatican. Polish audiences heard Maestro Carmeli for the last time at Warsaw’s Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, where he was the narrator in the Seven Gates of Jerusalem on 23rd November 2008 at the concert marking Krzysztof Penderecki’s 75th birthday.

Boris Carmeli (1928–2009) died in his Swiss home in Bern on 31st July.

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