The following information is taken from The New Grove Dictionary of Opera

ANGELO GOBBATO, bass-baritone and director, born 5 July 1943 (Milan, Italy)

Italian born Angelo Gobbato is resident in South Africa.  He studied the piano and singing privately while reading science at the University of Cape Town.  His singing teachers were Albina Bini, Adelheid Armhold and Frederick Dalberg in Cape Town and, in 1965-6, Carlo Tagliabue and Anna Pistolesi in Milan.

He made his debut as Kecal (The Bartered Bride) in Cape Town in 1965.

Gobbato is best known for buffo roles such as Dr Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Don Pasquale and Figaro (Rossini and Mozart).  He was awarded the first Nederburg Prize for opera in 1971 for his portrayal of Papageno.

He was resident producer at the Nico Malan Opera House in Cape Town, 1976-81, and head of the opera school of the University of Cape Town, 1982-8.

In 1989 he was appointed director of opera for the Cape Performing Arts Board.  He has directed - mainly from the Italian repertory - for all the arts councils in South Africa.
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