Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Guiseppe Campari: Driver and Opera Singer

Guiseppe Campari was an Alpha Romeo driver of the Twenties and Thirties. He was also an aspiring opera singer. He once performed the part of Alfredo in a "La Traviata" at a theater in Bergamo. Enzo Ferrari, who was in attendance, reported that Campari's "top notes were sustained and formidable" but the lower notes were hardly audible. A member of the audience shouted that he should go back to car racing. Campari broke off in the middle of his performance and shouted back: "When I race, they tell me to go and sing. When I sign they tell me to go back to racing. What am I to do?"

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