Ezio Flagello, a bass with a rich voice and wide range who sang 528 performances at the Metropolitan Opera as part of an international career, died on Thursday at his home in Palm Bay, Fla. He was 78.
The cause was heart failure, said his daughter Genoveffa Flagello.
Mr. Flagello, a son of Italian immigrants in New York City, sang at major opera houses like La Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera, the San Francisco Opera and the Houston Grand Opera. But it was the Met that he made perhaps his most distinguished mark.His wide-ranging career there included basso cantante roles like Rodolfo in “La Sonnambula,” Wagnerian characters like Pogner in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” comic roles in Mozart and Rossini operas and major Verdi roles like King Philip in “Don Carlo.”