His teachers in Milan were Alberto Selva and Vittorio Orefice. He made his debut (1891) as Don Alvaro in ‘’La Forza del Destino’’, in Vicenza. Then he performed in Milan (Teatro Dal Verme) and Naples (Teatro San Carlo). In 1892 he sang at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa in the premiere of the opera ‘’Cristoforo Colombo’’ of Alberto Franchetti. The role of Guevara he repeated in 1897 at La Scala. In 1893 he came to the Milan's La Scala. Here he sang in 1893 in the premiere of Verdi’s ‘’Falstaff’’ as Fenton, while his wife, the soprano Adelina Stehle (1860-1945) created the role of Nannetta. They appeared together for many years, principally in the Puccini operas. In 1900 he sang the role of Dufresne at the Teatro Lirico in Milan in the premiere of Leoncavallo’s ‘’Zazà’’. Garbin guested also in Vienna, Berlin, Lisbon, Barcelona and at the opera houses of Odessa and Warsaw. In 1905 at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Turin he took part in the premiere of the Montemezzi’s opera ‘’Giovanni Gallurese’’. His European successes were not repeated in London where he met with a critical press in 1908. His records show a voice that often bewilders the ear, sometimes ringing, sometimes white in tone, and mixing some rather forced singing with passages of considerable delicacy.
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