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Born in Montagnana (Veneto, Italy) in 1885, tenor Giovanni Martinelli is seen as Caruso's heir despite his singing technique and timbre being completely different. He debuted in Milan in 1910 in the role of Verdi's Ernani. In 1913, he sang at the Monte Carlo Opera in La fanciulla del West and, for the first time, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Established in this city, he contributed, alongside Rosa Ponselle, to making the Metropolitan the first Verdi theater in the world between the two wars. After having sung more than fifty different Italian roles, he tackled that of Othello, which was one of his great triumphs. Endowed with a voice of exceptional light and brilliance, Martinelli communicated a grandiose dimension to his interpretations.

  • Design and line-engraving: Martin MÖRCK
  • Printing process: 3 colours steel-engraving
  • Size of the stamp: 52 x 40,85 mm horizontal
  • Quantity of issue: 36 000 stamps
  • Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations

Part First part
Year 2024
Design and line-engraving Martin MÖRCK
Printing process 3 colours steel-engraving
Issue date 20 February 2024
Size of the stamp 52 x 40,85 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue 36 000 stamps
Note Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations