He studied singing in his native city with Cecilio Manfredi. He made his professional opera debut in January 1900 as the "messenger" in Giuseppe Verdi's ‘’Aida’’. He spent the next eight years performing mainly comprimario roles in major opera houses in Italy, including La Scala in Milan and the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. He also made appearances at the Royal Opera House in London. He joined the roster of singers at the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 1908. He made his debut with the company on 16 November 1908. He remained with the company for 30 season, giving his last appearance with the company on 9 April 1938. During those years he also appeared as a guest artist in operas, recitals, and concerts in Europe, South America, Australia, and Africa. At the Met he sang in the world premieres of several operas, including Giacomo Puccini's ‘’La Fanciulla del West’’ (1910), Umberto Giordano's ‘’Madame Sans-Gêne’’ (1915), Charles Wakefield Cadman's ‘’Shanewis’’ (1918), Puccini's ‘’Il tabarro’’ (1918), Puccini's ‘'Gianni Schicchi’’ (1918), Albert Wolff's ‘’L'oiseau bleu’’ (1919), and Deems Taylor's ‘’Peter Ibbetson’’ (1931). After retiring from the Met, he returned to Novara where he built a large home and lived quietly. He died after a brief illness three years later in his native city. He is buried in the Novara Cemetery.