July 6, 2010 / 7:38 PM / 8 years ago

Italian opera singer Cesare Siepi dies at 87

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Italian opera singer Cesare Siepi, famed for his polished bass in performances of “Don Giovanni” in a long opera career, has died in Atlanta, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Opera in New York said on Tuesday. He was 87.

The cause of death was not immediately known and a family spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

The Milan-born Siepi made his debut at The Met in 1950 in “Don Carlos,” before performing the title role of “Don Giovanni” there in 1952 and in total performing it 491 times at the New York opera house until his final engagement there in 1973.

He was a frequent guest at opera houses throughout the world, including The Royal Opera in London and the Vienna State Opera. He also performed several lead roles on Broadway.

Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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