The Giorgio Tozzi Scholarship
(est. 2001) From the operatic stage to musical theater, to film and television, leading bass-baritone Giorgio Tozzi has brought his multi-faceted talent to the world of performing arts.
At the Metropolitan Opera during 21 seasons he sang 399 performances of 37 roles. His repertoire included such roles as Boris in Boris Godunow, King Phillip in Don Carlo, Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger, Mefisto in Faust, the title role in Don Giovanni and Zaccharia in Nabucco. He has sung as La Scala, Milan, The San Francisco Opera, Teatro Clon in Buenos Aieres, Hamburg Opera, Teatro Communale di Firenze, and the Salzburg Opera to name but a few. In the January 28, 1967 issue of "The Saturday Review", Irving Kolodin wrote of Tozzi; "Thus, in the best tradition of operatic distinction, he is a hybrid, bestriding tow different but complimentary kind of resource on a firm bridge of artistic intelligence."
The New York Philharmonic, The Boston Symphony, The Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, L'Orchestra del Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma are but a few of the major orchestras with which he sang major works such as "Requiem" of Giuseppe Verdi, "The Messiah" of Handel, "The Creation" of Hayden and many more. Among the many conductors with whom he appeared are Fritz Reiner, Bruno Walter, Dimitri Mitropolous, Tulio Serfin, Carlo Maria Giulini, Thomas Beecham, George Solti and many more. He has recorded extensively with RCA, London Decca, Columbian, and Cetra records.
In the musical theater he has received the Tony award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for the Broadway revival of The Most Happy Fella. In San Francisco he received the Critics' Award for Best Actor in a Musical for the 1957 revival of South Pacific opposite Mary Martin. He performed in many musicals and received four Grammy award from the recording industry.
He has taught voice at the Julliard School of Music, Brigham Young University and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
The Giorgio Tozzi Scholarship is awarded annually to a bass or bass/baritone at the Jacobs School of Music.