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La Boheme (Giacomo Puccini) Premiere, 1 February 1896. Cesira Ferrani (Mimi) and Evan Gorga (Rodolfo)

Oct 31, 2011

Carlo Cartica (Tenor) (Rome 1965 - ?)


                                                   as Raoul in ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’
 

In 1894 he already appeared at La Scala where he sang as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’ and as Edgardo in ‘’Lucia di of Lammermoor’’ together with Nellie Melba. In the 1903-04 season he sang at the Teatro Regio in Parma very successfully as Alvaro in Verdi’s ’’La forza del destino’' and as Raoul in ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’. From 1909 to 1910 he was in North America where he belonged to the ensemble of the opera of Boston; there he had as Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’ together with Guerrina Fabbri important success, also as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ and as Edgardo in ‘’Lucia di of Lammermoor’’. In 1911 he undertook an America tour with the Lombardi Opera Company with which he appeared as Manrico at the Teatro National in Washington. He sang the role of Manrico also in 1916 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome.

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Milan La Scala Rigoletto (Duke)
1904 Parma Teatro Regio Gli Ugonotti (Raoul)
1911 Washington Teatro National Aida (Radames)
1916 Rome Teatro Costanzi Trovatore (Manrico)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Columbia, New York 1911-04-01
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Sestetto with Luisa Villani and Cesare Alessandroni D 16326 30709

Columbia, New York 1911-08
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Cesare Alessandroni  A 5343 30809
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with Luisa Villani D16326 30812
Aida (Verdi): O terra addio with Luisa Villani Columbia A 5331 30814
Martha (Flotow): Solo profugo with Cesare Alessandroni A5343 30817

Columbia, New York
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Troncar i suoi di with Alessandroni and  Bauer  A5465 36503



Icilio Calleja (Tenor) (Corfu / island, Greece 1882 - Milan, Italy 1941)



                                                                 Otello

He was born in Corfù, but raised by his banker father in Alexandria. He studied law at the Paris Sorbonne before finally turning to singing. He took vocal lessons from M. Foà in Milan. Debuted in 1906 at the Teatro Verdi in Firenze as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. Already in 1907 he appeared at La Scala in ‘’La Wally’’ under Arturo Toscanini. In 1908 he sang again at La Scala, this time as Don Alvaro in ‘’La forza del destino’’ and came back in 1913 to sing Otello. In 1914 he repeated the role of Otello at the Teatro Regio in Parma. In 1908 he guested at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna as Radames in ‘’Aida’’, then also at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. In 1912 he appeared in Chicago as Radames in ‘’Aida’’, ‘’I Gioielli della Madonna’’ and ‘’Pagliacci’’. In 1913 he helped at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa in the Italian première of ‘’ I Gioielli della Madonna ‘’, in 1914 he guested at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona, in 1915 at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Otello, in 1914 he sang at La Scala in the premiere of Smareglia’s opera ‘’Abisso’’. In 1916 he again appeared at La Scala in 'Fernando G. Spontini’s opera ‘’ Fernando Cortez’’. He sang his favorite role Otello also in 1915 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome and at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Temporarily he appeared in 1917 in the baritone field, thus as Tonio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome as Gérard in ‘’Andrea Chénier’’, however, returned soon again to his tenor repertoire. In the 1922-23 season at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples he appeared as Tristan in Wagner’s opera ‘’ Tristano e Isotta’’. 1923 at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo he sang as Siegfried in the première there of this Wagner's opera, in 1923 at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna he appeared in ‘’Walkiria’’. He stopped with Siegfried at Parma 1929 retiring to Alexandria. Calleja was the first to sing Otello at La Scala since Tamagno 26 years before!. 

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Ferrara Teatro Comunale Siberia (Vassili)
1908 Palermo Teatro Massimo Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1910 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1910 Firenze Teatro Verdi Loreley (Walter)
1911 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Germania (Federico)
1912 Chicago Civic Opera House Pagliacci (Canio)
1912 Philadelphia Teatro Metropolitan Pagliacci (Canio)
1913 Milano Teatro La Scala Otello (Otello)
1914 Madrid Teatro Reale Norma (Pollione)
1914 Parma  Teatro Regio Otello (Otello)
1915 Brescia  Teatro Grande Otello (Otello)
1915 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Otello (Otello)
1916 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Otello (Otello)
1917 Roma Teatro Costanzi Otello (Otello)
1917 Brescia Teatro Sociale Pagliacci (Canio)
1919 Catania  Teatro Bellini Otello (Otello)
1921 Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale Tristano e Isotta (Tristano)
1922 Firenze Politeama Fiorentino Tristano e Isotta (Tristano)
1923 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Otello (Otello)
1923 Bergamo Teatro Donizetti Tristano e Isotta (Tristano)
1923 La Valletta/Malta Teatro Reale Otello (Otello)
1924 Trieste Teatro Verdi Tristano e Isotta (Tristano)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Fonotipia, Milano 1909-07-02
Aida (Verdi): Gran Concertato Finale Atto II with Armida Parsi-Pettinella, Lina Pasini-Vitale, Antonio Magini-Coletti, Ferruccio Corradetti and Oreste Luppi 69022 XXXPh 4036

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-10-30
Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre addio 92674 XPh 4124

Fonotipia, Milano 1910-10-10
Aida (Verdi): Di Napata Le gole with Domenico Viglione Borghese, Ester Mazzoleni and  Laura del Lungo 92673 XPh 4366

Columbia, Milano 1913?
Germania: (Franchetti): Studenti udite S57 41918 
Germania (Franchetti): Non chiuder S57 41915
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): No Pagliaccio non son S 59 41922
Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Let her  believe D9710 91920
Fanciulla del West (Puccini):  My father died D9710 91923
Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Or son sei mesi D9345 42188





















Cesare Formichi (Baritone) (Rome 1883 – Rome 1949)



                                                                  Jago

He studied in Rome with Lombardo, and made his debut in December 1907 at the Teatro Olimpia in Bologna as Lescaut in ‘’Manon’’. He went on to appear in Italy's leading opera houses, including La Scala in Milan. Soon, he was accepting a string of engagements to sing outside Italy, notably in Kiev (in 1912), Buenos Aires (in 1914), Paris (1922), London (1924). He sang as first baritone at the Civic Opera House of Chicago  from 1922 to 1932. Notable roles of his included Ashton, Rigoletto, di Luna, Amonasro, Iago, and some Wagner parts sung in Italian (Klingsor, for example). Formichi possessed a big, rich-toned, important sounding voice which can be heard on the numerous acoustic and electrical recordings which he made during the peak of his career. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesare_Formichi

Chronology of some appearances

1907 Bologna Teatro Olimpia Manon (Lescaut)
1908 Bologna Teatro Olimpia Carmen (Escamillo)
1909  Napoli Teatro San Carlo Aida (Amonasro)
1910 Chicago Auditorium Boheme (Marcello)
1911 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Germania (Worms)
1912 Padova Teatro Verdi Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1913 Cremona Teatro Ponchielli Isabeau (Re Raimondo)
1914 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Parsifal (Klingsor)
1915 Firenze Politeama Fiorentino Dannazione di Faust (Mefistofele)
1916 Palermo Teatro Massimo Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1917 Brescia Teatro Grande Falstaff (Falstaff)
1918 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1919 Ferrara Teatro Comunale Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1920 Palermo Teatro Massimo Lohengrin (Tetralmondo)
1921 Madrid Teatro Reale Thais (Atanaele)
1922 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Aida (Amonasro)
1923 Chicago Civic Opera House Sansone e Dalida (Gran Sacerdote)
1924 Londra Covent Garden Boheme (Marcello)
1925 Madrid Teatro Reale Thais (Atanaele)
1926 Milano Teatro alla Scala Aida (Amonasro)
1927 Chicago Civic Opera House Judith di A.Honegger (Holophernes)
1928 Chicago Civic Opera House Resurrezione di F.Alfano (Simonson)
1929 Chicago Civic Opera House Judith di A.Honegger (Holophernes)
1930 Chicago Civic Opera House Carmen (Escamillo)
1931 Chicago Civic Opera House Aida (Amonasro)
1932 Chicago Civic Opera House Carmen (Escamillo)
1933 Parma Teatro Reale Walkiria (Wotan)
1934 Oslo Teatro Reale Tosca (Scarpia)
1935 Vienna Hohe Warte Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1937  Napoli Teatro San Carlo Giuditta di A.Honegger (Oloferne)
1947 Venezia Teatro La Fenice Boheme (Marcello)


RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Columbia, Milano 1911?
Trovatore (Verdi): Il balen E2058 11169
Gioconda (Ponchielli): O monumento D17321 11174
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prologo D17321 11175
Faust (Gounod):  Dio possente D5509 11176
Tannhauser (Wagner): O tu bell’astro D5509 11177
Ernani (Verdi): Oh! Dei verd'anni miei D4328 11195
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Alla vita che t'arride  D4328 11196
Aida (Verdi): Quest'assisa D4494 11198
Zulma (Romani): Sei cosi bella D4345 11210

Columbia, Milano 1912?
Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Minnie dalla mia casa D 9269 11286
Rigoletto (Verdi): Cortigiani vil razza dannata D 5517 11288
Falstaff (Verdi): Quando ero paggio E1644 11290
Amleto (Thomas): Come il romito fior  E1644 11292
Rigoletto (Verdi): Piangi fanciulla with Maria Alessandrovitch E2048
Rigoletto (Verdi): Lassu in cielo with Maria Alessandrovitch E2048
Aida (Verdi): Rivedrai le foreste with Teresa Chelotti  D 4383 11298
Aida (Verdi): Su dunque sorgete with Teresa Chelotti D 4383 11299

Columbia, Milano 1913?
Boheme (Puccini):  Quartetto with Ida Cattorini and Angelo Bendinelli D9343 11490
Aida (Verdi): Di Napata le gole with Egidio Cunego and Lia Moglia D5571 11498

Columbia, Milano 1914?
Complete Carmen (Bizet) with Luigi Bolis, Fanny Anitua and Luigi Baldassarri
Complete Rigoletto (Verdi) with Giuseppe Taccani, Ines Ferraris and Vincenzo Bettoni

Columbia, Milano
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): Si, l’amante piu’ bella D 9394 70441
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Pescator, affonda l’esca D4376 70467
Walkiria (Wagner): Incantesimo  del fuoco D815 70543
Walkiria (Wagner): Quest'occhi tuol D815 70544
Puritani (Bellini): Il  rival salvar tu dei with Luigi Manfrini D 4934 70571
Puritani (Bellini): Suoni la tromba with Luigi Manfrini D 4934 70572
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): Di pieta, di pieta D9410 WAX2744
Otello (Verdi): Credo L1579 AX480

Columbia, London 1924
Le Jongleur de Notre Dame (Massenet): Legende de la sauce D1491 A895
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens): Maudite a jamais D1491 A896
Tosca (Puccini): Te deum L1579 AX481

Columbia, London
D'une prison (Hahn) 2020-M WA6121
Tosca: Ella verra L1949 AX3043
Rigoletto (Verdi): Pari siamo L2065 WAX3044
Rissurezione (Alfano): Oh! no, non crediate CQ1146 WB4898
Forza del destino (Verdi): Urna fatale CQ1146 WB4910

Columbia, Milan?
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): All'idea di quel metallo with Arnoldo Georgewsky D 4810 70266
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Voi dovreste travestirvi with Arnoldo Georgewsky D4810 70267
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Nemico della patria  CQX 16522 WAX 3037
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Un di m’era di gioia D9373 12990
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Son sessant' anni D9373 70257
Zingari (Leoncavallo): Canto notturno 41856 C2711
Obstination (Fontenailles): A resolve CQ1146 WB4998
Otello (Verdi): Innaffia l’ugola  D9399 70452
Stabat Mater (Rossini):  Pro peccatis D4935 70552
Tosca (Puccini): Tre sbirri, una carrozza L1579 WAX2744
Thais (Massenet): Voila donc la terrible cité D1490 A892
Thais (Massenet): Helas enfant encore D1490 A893
Zingari (Leoncavallo): Ah! taci, non lo dir 41856 C2712?















 

Oct 30, 2011

Elvira Ceresoli (Mezzo-Soprano) (Reggio Emilia 1878 - ?)



In 1904 at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Turin she (as Ceresoli-Salvatori) created the role of Sofia Ivanovna in the premiere of the Franco Alfano’s opera ‘’Risurrezione’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1890 Belluno  Teatro Sociale  Trovatore (Azucena)
1893 Palermo Politeama Gioconda (Laura)
1896 Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale Aida (Amneris)
1900 Odessa Teatro Municipale Cavalleria rsticana (Lola)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE









G&T, Milano 1902-12
Lohengrin (Wagner): Vieni al mio ostel with Cesira Ferrani 54033 2930b
Cristoforo Colombo (Franchetti): Ah! Il dì della vendetta  53290 2932b
Favorita (Donizetti): A l’altro ardor with Giuseppe De Luca  54021 2933b

















 

Alfredo Brondi (Bass) (Ferrara 1874 - Milan 1828)




He began his education with maestro Squarzoni in Ferrara and then in Milan with Cesare Rossi. In 1897 he debuted at the Teatro Sociale in Asolo in ‘’Poliuto’’ of Donizetti. He had a successful career in the leading Italian opera houses. In 1910 he appeared at La Scala as Rodolfo in ‘’Sonnambula’’. At the Teatro Dal Verme he appeared in 1908 as Colline in Puccini’s ‘’La Bohème’’ and as Pogner in ‘’Meistersingers’’. He achieved big success also at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and in 1911 at the Teatro Dal Verme in Rome (as Rodolfo in ‘’Sonnambula’’). Also abroad he made successful guest performances and sang among other things in 1906 at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon. In 1913 he appeared at the Teatro Regio in Turin, as well as at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona (as Ramphis in ‘’Aida’’). In 1914 he sang at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona in ‘’Lohengrin’’. In 1915 he appeared at Pisa in ‘’Mefistofele’’ of Boito.

Chronology of some appearances

1897 Asolo Teatro Sociale Poliuto (Callistene)
1908 Milan Teatro Dal Verme Boheme (Colline)
1910 Milan La Scala Sonnambula (Rodolfo)
1911 Rome Teatro Dal Verme Sonnambula (Rodolfo)
1906 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo Rigoletto (Sparafucile)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1906?
Boheme (Puccini): Vecchia zimarra 7092
Trovatore (Verdi): Abbietta zingara 7102 M567

Zonophone, USA 1907?
Aida (Verdi): Scena del Giudizio with Virginia Colombati 24024

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1908/1909
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer): Piff, paff 37203 xM 521
Sonnambula (Bellini): Vi ravviso 37274 xM 576
Ernani (Verdi): Infelice e tu credevi  37333 xM 520
Favorita (Donizetti): Fia vero with Giuseppe Bergonzini 37776 xM 1286















 

Oct 29, 2011

Enzo Leliva (Tadeusz Leliwa) (Tenor) (Teplik, Ukraine 1875 – Warsaw, Poland 1929)


                                                        Radames in ‘’Aida’’

                                                       Raoul in ''Ugonotti''

His real name was Tadeusz Kopystcynski. He studied at first medicine at the university of Kiev, then law at the university of Warsaw. He received at the same time singing lessons from Mrs. Massini, later from A. W. Aleksandrowicz, also he studied with Jean de Reszke in Paris and with A. Brogi in Italy. In 1901 he made his opera debut at Saratov, afterwards he sang in the opera house of Kiev. The violinist Stanislaw Barcewicz helped him to appear at the Opera Theatre of Warsaw in which he debuted in 1902 as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ and remained till 1904. He appeared here among other things as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’, Enzo in ‘’La Gioconda’’ of Ponchielli, Fernando in ‘’La Favorita’’ of Donizetti, Hermann in Tchaikovsky’s ‘’Pique dame’’ and in the title roles of the operas ‘’Mazeppa’’ of A. Münchheimer and ‘’Chopin’’ of Orefice. During his engagement in Warsaw he guested in the opera houses of Lvov (Lwów) and Vilnius. By the invitation of the composer R. Leoncavallo who had heard him in Warsaw he went in 1904 to Italy where he sang as Milio in Leoncavallo’s opera ‘’Zazà’’ first at the Teatro Regio in Turin. In 1905 he guested at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Henning in the Italian première of Leoncavallo’s ‘’Roland von Berlin’’, afterwards in Turin, Palermo and at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. In 1905 he sang at the Teatro Lirico in Milan as Jontek in the Italian première of the Polish national opera ‘’Halka’’ of Moniuszko. He guested during his stay in Italy further in Poland and also in 1906 in the opera houses of St. Petersburg and Kiev. In 1907 he sang at La Scala as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ and guested in the same year in Mexico City. In 1908 he appeared in the opera houses of Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon, then also at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 1909 he appeared in Covent Garden as Pinkerton in ‘’Madame Butterfly’’ and as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ together with the famous soprano Emmy Destinn. In 1909 he sang for the first time in the USA, namely in the opera house of Boston (among other things as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’ and as ‘ Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’), then also in Chicago and New York. From 1910 to 12 he was to be heard, primarily, in his Polish native country and in Russia. Then he went in 1913 again to Italy (Teatro Comunale Bologna, Teatro Carlo Felice Genua), however, came back with outbreak of the First World War in 1914 to Poland and sang here in Warsaw, later in Kiev primarily in concerts. In 1919 he finished his career in Kiev appearing last time in ‘’Halka’’of  Moniuszko. Since 1922 he worked as a teacher in Warsaw, one of his pupils was the famous tenor Jan Kiepura. He sang abroad, above all in Italy, under the name Enzo Leliva.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Milano Teatro Lirico Zaza (Millo)
1906 San Pietroburgo Teatro Aquarium Ugonotti (Raoul)
1906 Brescia Teatro Grande Tristano e Isotta (Tristano)
1906 Torino Teatro Regio Loreley (Walter)
1906 Torino Teatro Regio Dannazione di Faust (Faust)
1906 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Loreley (Walter)
1907 Cittа del Messico  Teatro Arbeu Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1907 Cittа del Messico Teatro Arbeu Tannhauser (Tannhauser)
1907 Cittа del Messico Teatro Arbeu Ugonotti (Raoul)
1908 Genova  Politeama Genovese Pagliacci (Canio)
1909 Boston Opera House Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1909 Boston  Opera House Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1909 Boston  Opera House Pagliacci (Canio)
1910 Chicago  Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1910 Chicago  Auditorium Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 Chicago  Auditorium Pagliacci (Canio)
1910 Pittsburgh  Teatro Nixon Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 St. Louis Teatro Odeon Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 St. Louis Teatro Odeon Pagliacci (Canio)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Columbia, Warszawa? 1904?
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile 85244

Fonotipia, Milano 1904-11
Chopin (Orefice): Si, date fiori 39033 XPh 76
Chopin (Orefice): Tak, gloscie chwale 39034 XPh 77
Chopin (Orefice): Kolysanka with Vera De Lutze 39118 XPh 79

Fonotipia, Milano 1904-12
Chopin (Orefice): Io sono un fior esala 39073  XPh 104
Chopin (Orefice): Sera ineffabile with Irene De Bohus 39119 XPh 105
Roland von Berlin (Leoncavallo): Io son il re della ballata 39061 XPh 107

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-02
Krakowiak (Moniuszko) 39133 XPh 142
Fiori di campo (de Leva) 39132 XPh 146
Stelle cadenti (de Leva) 39126 XPh 148-2

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-12-11
Manru (Pederewski): Come al sol cocente 39034 XPh 77
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Perdona a me 39928 XPh 2275

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-12-12
Figlia di Jorio (Franchetti): Rinverdisca per noi 39927 XPh 2277
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer): Bianca al par 39926  Ph 2278

Odeon, Warszawa 1906?
Don't tempt me (Glinka) with Hanna Skwareka 97628
Halka (Moniuszko): Szumia jodly 304173

Gramophone, Warszawa 1908
Chopin (Orefice): Duet with Korolewicz-Wajdowa 2-24031 7082L

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-07
Ebrea (Halevy): Rachele, allor che Iddio 92410 XPh 3609
Lohengrin (Wagner): Di non t'incantan 92412 XPh 3612

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-25
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Perdona a me 92417  XPh 3676

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-30
Aida (Verdi): Gia I sacerdoti adunansi with Elisa Petri Unpubl.  XPh 3700

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-12-01
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Dall'alba tinto 92413 XPh 3707

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-12-03
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Ma se il tuo cuore 92416 XPh 3724
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Ma se m'è forza perderti 92411 XPh 3727

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-12-04
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Mistero 92414 XPh 3738

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-12-05
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Cos'è la vita? 92415 XPh 3743


















Luigi Longobardi (Tenor) (Naples 1873 - ?)






He studied in Naples and probably made his debut in 1896 at the Teatro Bellini of Naples in T. Giribaldi's ''Parisina''.

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Napoli  Teatro Bellini Parisina
1898 Malta Teatro Reale Trovatore (Manrico)
1899 Napoli Teatro Bellini Forza del Destino (Don Alvaro)
1900 Barcellona Teatro Novedades Aida (Radames)
1901 Pietroburgo Nuovo Conservatorio Aida (Radames)
1902 Faenza Teatro Comunale Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1903  Oporto Teatro Prince Real Otello (Otello)
1904 Faenza Teatro Comunale Aida (Radames)
1905 Madrid Teatro Reale Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1906 Cairo Teatro Kedivhiale Aida (Radames)
1909 Trani Teatro Comunale Poliuto (Poliuto)
1910 Trani Teatro Comunale Maria Delorme (Didier)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Fonotipia, Milano 1904-10
Trovatore (Verdi): Non m'inganno, ella scende with Giuseppe Pacini and Giannina Russ 69004 XXPh 16
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Per salvarti de lor with Giuseppe Pacini and Giannina Russ 69003  XXPh 20

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-10-21
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with Amelia Talexis 39347 XPh 396

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-04-11
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 92223 XPh 3139

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-04-17
Otello (Verdi): Niun mi tema 92222 XPh 3158















Luigi Colazza (Tenor) (Rome 1868 – Trieste 1927)




His stage debut took place in 1892 at the Teatro Quirino in Rome. In 1897 he sang with the first season of the Italian opera in Holland as Alvaro in ‘’La forza del destino’’. In 1899 he created for Bergamo the title role in ‘’Andrea Chénier’’ of Giordano. He sang the same role in 1901 at the Teatro Regio in Parma. In 1905 he appeared in the theatre of Piacenza as Vasili in ‘’Siberia’’ of Giordano. His career happened basically in the big Italian provincial stages; later he became a professor in the conservatory of Trieste.

Chronology of some appearances

1892 Rome Teatro Quirino Norma (Pollione)
1896 Venezia Teatro Rossini Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1898 'S-Gravenhage Gebouw Voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen Aida (Radames)
1901 Parma Teatro Regio Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1903 Gorizia Teatro Sociale Otello (Otello)
1905 Piacenza Teatro Municipale Siberia (Vassili)
1907 Corugna Teatro Rosalia Otello (Otello)
1909 Venezia Teatro Rossini Norma (Pollione)
1912 Roma Teatro Adriano Pagliacci (Canio)
1917 Milano Teatro Verdi Norma (Pollione)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Columbia, Milano 1904?
Siberia (Giordano): Orride steppe 10417   

G&T, Milano 1905-08?
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer): Qui sotto il ciel  52889 6930a
Prophète (Meyerbeer): Pastorale 2-52416 7005b
Trovatore (Verdi): Mal reggendo  with Clotide Esposito 54263 7014b
Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri monti  with Clotide Esposito  54259 7029b
Ernani (Verdi): Oro quant’oro with Maria Bernacchi and Giuseppe Torres de Luna  54260 7050b
Ernani (Verdi): A te scegli with Giuseppe Torres de Luna 054047 490c
Ernani (Verdi): Ferma, crudele with Maria Bernacchi and Giuseppe Torres de Luna 054046 491c

Victor, USA 1905-08?
Trovatore (Verdi): Di geloso amor with Maria Bernacchi and Ernesto Caronna 62418 7027b-1

G&T, Milano 1906-10
Norma (Bellini): Deh non volerli vittime with Celestina Boninsegna, Andres  Perello De Segurola 054097 789c

G&T, Milano 1906-10/11
Ernani (Verdi): Come rugiada al cespite 2-52576 9447b
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): O dolce volutta with Celestina Boninsegna 054109 854c
Ernani (Verdi): O sommo Carlo with Mattia Battistini, Emilia Corsi and Aristodemo Sillich 054107 881c

Victor, USA 1906-10/11
Forza del destino (Verdi): Uniti in vita with Renzo Minolfi  58352 855c

















Oct 28, 2011

Valentina Bartolomasi (Soprano) (Modena 1889 – Milan 1932)


She studied singing under her father, Bernardo Bartolomasi, a well known voice teacher. She made her professional opera debut in 1911 at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno. Early on in her career she appeared at the Teatro Dal Verme (1913) in Milan and at the Teatro Scribe in Turin. Her career ended prematurely due to illness in 1926. After retiring from the stage, Bartolomasi lived with her husband, Count Antoniani of Padua, in Milan. She spent the last several years of her life fighting endometrial cancer from which she eventually died. 

Chronology of some appearances

1911 Salerno Teatro Verdi Manon Lescaut (Manon)
1913 Barletta Teatro Curci Faust (Margherita)
1914 Prato Teatro Metastasio Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)
1916 Novara Teatro Coccia Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1918 Milano Teatro Carcano Forza del Destino (Leonora)
1919 Mantova Teatro Andreani Trovatore (Leonora)
1920 Roma Teatro Nazionale Ballo in Maschera (Amelia)
1921 Bari Teatro Margherita Ballo in Maschera (Amelia)
1922 GEnova Politeama Genovese Ballo in Maschera (Amelia)
1924 Como Politeama Lariano Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1925 Sampierdarena Politeama Sampierdarenese Ernani (Elvira)
1926 Voghera Teatro Sociale Ernani (Elvira)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Gramophone, Milano 1912-03-08
Isabeau (Mascagni): I tuoi occhi with Bernardo De Muro  054347  02354v

Gramophone, Milano 1912-03-09
Isabeau (Mascagni): Venne una vecchierella   S 5366 053293

Gramophone, Milano 1919-04-25
Fanciulla del west (Puccini): Laggiu nel Soledad  R 5201  2-253070

Gramophone, Milano 1919-04-26
Forza del destino (Verdi): Pace mio dio S 5310  2-0253012

Gramophone, Milano 1919-05-01
Ernani (Verdi): O sommo Carlo with Carlo Ballin and Alfredo Gandolfi 2-0254082 3415c

Gramophone, Milano 1919-10-08
Aida (Verdi): Pur ti riveggo with Gennaro de Tura 7-54014 4156ah
Aida (Verdi): Si, fuggiam with Gennaro de Tura and Matteo Dragoni 2-054111 883aj

Gramophone, Milano 1919-10-14
Aida (Verdi): Rivedrai le foreste with Matteo Dragoni 2-054112 909aj

Gramophone, Milano 1919-10-27
Aida (Verdi): La fatal pietra with Enrico Trentini 971Aj 2-0254148

Gramophone, Milano 1919
Complete Tosca (Puccini) with Attilio Salvaneschi, Adolfo Pacini and Ubaldo Ceccarelli

Pathé, Milano 1925/1926
Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte 10406 84927
Wally (Catalani): Ebben? Ne andro lontana 10406 84928
Aida (Verdi): Morir si pura e bella with Ismaele Voltolini 15113 84923
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with Aureliano Pertile 12629















Oct 27, 2011

Jose Palet (Tenor) (Martorel, near Barcelona 1877 – Milan 1946)





He studied at the Conservatory of Barcelona with Juan Goula and debuted there in 1901 at the Teatro Liceo as Fernando in ‘’La Favorita’’ of Donizetti. He appeared first in Barcelona and Madrid, then came, however, to Italy. Here he sang among other things in 1913 at La Scala, as José in ‘’Carmen’’ and guested at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome and in other big theaters. In 1915 he appeared at the Teatro Nacional of Havana as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ (together with Juanita Capella, Maria Gay, Titta Ruffo and Gaudio Mansueto), in the following 1916-17 season he appeared in Havana as Enzo in ‘’La Gioconda’’ of Ponchielli, as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, as Riccardo in Verdi’s ‘’Ballo in maschera’’ and as Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’. In 1921 he guested in Madrid as Gérald in ‘’Lakmé’’ of Delibes with Maria Barrientos as a partner. In 1921 tour with the Scotti Opera Company through North America. In 1924 he helped at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome in the premiere of the opera ‘’Esvella’’ of Gino Robbiani, already in 1912 he took part at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in the premiere of the opera ‘’Hoffmann’’ of Guido Laccetti. In 1927 he sang in the Italian opera in Holland as Raoul in ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’ of Meyerbeer. In the same year he guested in the festival of Verona as Radames in Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’. He lived later as a singing teacher in Milan.

Chronology of some appearances

1904-1905 Parma Teatro Regio Lucia di Lammermoor with Nunzio Rapisardi (Lord   Enrico Ashton)
1905 Parma Teatro Regio Germania with Aurelio Viale (Crisogno)
1905 Parma Teatro Regio Mefistofele with Giovanni Scarneo (Mefistofele)
1910 Parma Teatro Regio Lucia di Lammermoor with Giovanni Polese (Lord Enrico Ashton)
1920 Parma Teatro Regio Concert with Augusta Concato
1926 Parma Teatro Regio Un Ballo in maschera with Carlo Tagliabue (Renato)
1927 Parma Teatro Regio Lucia di Lammermoor with Victor Damiani (Lord Enrico Ashton)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-09
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali 39294 XPh 319

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-14
Ernani (Verdi): O sommo Carlo with Mario Sammarco and Irene de Bohuss 39300 xph324

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-18
Rigoletto (Verdi): Parmi veder le lagrime 39321 XPh 331
Faust (Gounod): Che fate qui, signori? with Mario Sammarco and Oreste Luppi 39297 XPh334

Gramophone, Barcelona 1916-01-10
Marina (Arrieta): Por dios with Mercedes Farry Unpubl. 03090v
La Dolores (Breton): Aragon la mas famosa with Inocencio Navarro  062062 03101v

Gramophone, Barcelona 16-1-13
Marina (Arrieta): Terceto with Mercedec Ferry, Inocencio Navarro 064127 03093v
Marina (Arrieta): Dúo Jorge y Roque with Inocencio Navarro 064131 03092v

Gramophone, Barcelona 16-1-18
Marina (Arrieta): Brindis with Inocencio Navarro 064134  03096v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-07-17
Lohengrin (Wagner): Da voi lontan 2-052126 03147v
La conquista de Madrid (Gaztambide): Quien eres, responde with Inocencio Navarro 064138 03148v
Lohengrin (Wagner): Da voi lontan (in catalan)  062064 03146v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-07-31
Walküre (Wagner): Ja l'hivern retut es pel temps vernal (in catalan) 2-62194  19792u

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-08-01
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 5-052001 s03152v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-08-09
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Racconto di Walther 9-52007 s19813u
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): En l'ampla llar del  meu castell 2-62214  19812u

Gramophone, Barcelona  17-8-11
Otello (Verdi): Si, pel ciel with Inocencio Navarro 5-054000 03156v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-08-22
Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi, dai prati 9-52001 s19823u
Favorita (Donizetti): Una vergine un angelo di Dio 9-52004 s19830u
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Canzone del Concorso, act 3 2-052125 03157v
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 5-052008 s03158v

Gramophone, Barcelona 17-8-23
La Bruja (Chapi): No extraneis, no, que se escapen 062073 03159v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-09-03
Marina (Arrieta): Salida de jorge with Albertini, Macia 64439 19838u
Viva Aragon! (Blanch y Borguno): Jota con coro 2-62204 19840u

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-09-04
La Barca, Cancion (Borras del Palau) 2-62213 19841u

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-09-05
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): O ciel, duet act 4, pt 2 with Albertini 5-054007 s03169v
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): O ciel, duet act 4, pt 1 with Albertini 5-054006 s03173v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-09-11
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): O ciel, duet act 4, pt 3 with Albertini 5-054008, s03180v
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti): Di pescator ignobile 9-52011 s19845u

Gramophone, Barcelona 17-9-13
La Tempestad (Chapi): Salve costas de Bretana 062076 03185v
Rienzi (Wagner): O padre Santo 5-052009 03187v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1921-05/06
Aida (Verdi): Duetto, act 3, pt 1,  pt 2 with Matilde Rossi 9-54002 4734ah
Aida (Verdi): Duetto, act 3, pt 2 with Matilde Rossi 9-54001 4733ah
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Corriam, voliam 9-52015 4747-2ah
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Ciel, tu sei se Mathilde with Inocencio Navarro 5-054009 4750ah
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Di tu se fedele 5-052011 1186aj

Gramophone, Barcelona   
La Dolores (Breton): Todos duermen, no hay temor with Inocencio Navarro DA583

Gramophone, Barcelona 
Gigantes y cabezudos (Caballero): Por fin te 062079 1190aj