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Italian Tenor Carlo Cossutta Dies

January 25, 2000

UDINE, Italy (AP) _ Carlo Cossutta, an Italian tenor renowned for his performances in Giuseppe Verdi’s ``Otello,″ has died. He was 67.

Cossutta, who had liver cancer, died Saturday in a hospital in the northern Italian city of Udine, his wife Nidia said. Cossutta won acclaim for singing the lead in Franco Zeffirelli’s staging of Verdi’s ``Otello″ at London’s Covent Garden.

Born in Trieste, northern Italy, Cossutta emigrated to Argentina where he made his opera debut at the Teatro Colon theater in Buenos Aires in 1948. Cossutta first performed in Europe in 1962.

His other career highlights included a recording of Verdi’s ``Requiem″ conducted by Herbert von Karajan, and a recording of ``Otello″ conducted by Sir Georg Solti.

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