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Pietro Mongini (1828-1874); Italian tenor who created the role of Radamès in Verdi's "Aïda" in Cairo (1871) on the occasion of the opening of the Suez Canal. He began his singing career as a bass and in 1851 he made his debut as such. In the year after he was retrained to tenor and he had his first success in Genoa. In 1855 he made a guest appearance at the Théâtre-Italien and in 1858 at La Scala. In 1857/58 and 1861/62 he triumphed at St.Petersburg and in the years 1858-1873 he sang regurlarly at the three major London opera houses (her Majesty’s Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre and Covent Garden). He sang at the London première of Verdi’s “I Vespri Siciliani” (1859) and “La forza del destino” (1867). In 1874 he died suddenly in Milan at the age of only 45.

On the photo he is seen in the library of the Sao Carlo Teatro at Lisbon in 1862.
For that season he was contracted for 6 opera’s: Donizetti’s “Les Martyrs” and “Lucia di Lammermoor” and Verdi’s “I Lombardi” , “I Vespri Siciliani”, “Rigoletto” and “Un Ballo in Maschera”.