Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Sep 28, 2011

Ekaterina Orel (Soprano) (? 1884- ?1935)



This lirico coloratura soprano probably made her debut in 1902. In 1903 she appeared at the St. Petersburg Italian Opera. From 1906-1908 she sang in St. Petersburg National House and in the 1910-1911 season appeared in New Opera. She also sang in Kislovodsk (1904), Tbilisi (1904-1905), Kharkov (1905), Moscow (Theatre of Solodovnikov, 1905-1906), Kiev (1912-1913) and Ekaterinoslav (1913). Here best roles were in ‘’A life for  the Tzar’’ as Antonida and ‘’Sadko’’ as Volkhova. She sang with Eugenio Giraldoni, Nikolai Figner, Iosif Tomars, Dmitri Smirnov, Feodor Chaliapin.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 St. Petersburg Italian Opera
1906-1908 St. Petersburg National House

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






G&T, St. Petersburg 1902
Faust (Gounod):  Jevel song 23176 329z
La zingara, Romanza (Fra l'erbe cosparse) (Donizetti) 23181  347z
Traviata (Verdi): Ah, fors'e lui...Sempre libera 23183 349z
Snow maiden (Rimsky-Korsakov): Aria 23282 568C
M'ama, non m'ama, Romanza (Mascagni) 23322 599C
Pastorale (Bizet)  23377 386z
Life For The Czar (Glinka): Aria  23379  388z
Ruslan and Lyudmila (Glinka): I'm sad 23280 566C

G&T, St Petersburg 1907
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): In your house with Leonid Savransky, Nikolai Bolshakov and Antonina Panina 24499 6465L


Sep 26, 2011

Ferdinando Ciniselli (Tenor) (Mortara, near Milan 1893 - Mortara, near Milan 1954)




He made his debut in 1919 at the Teatro Coccia in Novara as Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’. During the 1920's he  had a very succesful career in the most  important Italian, European, and South  American theaters.

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Novara Teatro Coccia Traviata (Alfredo)
1920 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1921 Bologna Teatro Comunale Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio)
1922 Bagnacavallo Teatro Comunale Mefistofele (Faust)
1923 Milano Teatro Scala  Falstaff (Fenton)
1924 Basilea Teatro Opera  Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Ancona Teatro Delle Muse  Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1926 Lugano Teatro Kursaal Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1927 Guastalla Teatro Sociale Mefsitofele (Faust)
1928 Fermo Teatro Dell'Aquila  Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1929 Como Teatro Sociale Traviata (Alfredo)
1930 Milano Teatro Scala  La Via della Finestra di R.Zandonai (Renato)
1931 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1933 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Traviata (Alfredo)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






HMV, Milano 1924-04-27
Rigoletto (Verdi): Addio speranzo ed anima with Mercedes Capsir  DA619 7-54030

HMV, Milano 1924-05-15
Pecheurs de perles (Bizet): Non hai compreso with Graziella Pareto DB762 2-054150

Pathe, Milano 1924?
Manon (Massenet): Ah, dispar, vision 10392   

Columbia, Milano 1926-05?
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile D5123 B303
Traviata (Verdi): De miei bollenti spiriti  D5120 B303
Traviata (Verdi): Alfredo, in questo core with Leone Paci, Alfani-Tellini & chorus B1020 D1580
Mefistofele (Boito): Concertato, ferma ideal purissima with Lina Bruna Rasa and Bruno Carmassi D5329 B1021
Aida (Verdi): Finale A.II°  with Erminia Rubadi, Leone Paci, Bruno Carmassi and Eva Turner D5311 WB1022
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Gia ti veggo with Erminia Rubadi, Leone Paci, Bruno Carmassi and Eva Turner D14659 WBX28
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar  D5135 B401

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-10-19
Traviata (Verdi):  Scena della borsa pt 1 with Aristide Baracchi, Wanda Bardone, Ida Mannarini, Giuseppe Nessi, Giuseppe Menni and Giulio  Fregosi   120076 XXPh6067
Traviata (Verdi):  Scena della borsa pt 2 with Aristide Baracchi, Wanda Bardone, Ida Mannarini, Giuseppe Nessi, Giuseppe Menni and Giulio  Fregosi  120076 XXPh6068

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-10-20
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia 168113 Pho6074

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-01-12
Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi, dai prati 168137 Pho6104

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-01-13
Mefistofele (Boito): Giunto sul passo estremo 168137 Pho6109
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle 168113 Pho6110

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-03-22
Rigoletto (Verdi):  Ella mi fu rapita! 168166a Pho6216
Rigoletto (Verdi):  Parmi veder le lagrime 168166b Pho6217

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-03-23
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Enzo Grimaldo, pt 1with Giovanni Inghilleri 168139 Pho6220
Gioconda (Ponchielli): pt 2  with Giovanni Inghilleri 168139 Pho6221

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-03-24
Boheme (Puccini): O Mimi, tu piu non torni with Giovanni Inghilleri 168195 Pho6228

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-05-19
Madama Butterfly (Puccini):  Bimba non piangere with Rosetta Pampanini 120148 XXPh6239
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Quest’obi pomposa with Rosetta Pampanini 120148 XXPh6240

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-05-21
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Adesso voi with Rosetta Pampanini  120149 XXPh6247
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Via dall'anima in pena with Rosetta Pampanini  120149 XXPh6248

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-05-21
Boheme (Puccini): Addio, dolce svegliare with Ernesto Badini, Augusta Concato and Assunta Garguilo 120145 XXPh6241

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-05-22
Lohengrin (Wagner): Merce, merce 120143 XXPh6251

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-10-16
Mefistofele (Boito): Scena del giardino I, II, III & IV with Augusta Concato, Bruna Castagna and Antonio Righetti 120172a/b, 120173a/b, xxPh 6376, xxPh 6383/4

Parlophon

Aida (Verdi): O terra addio with Augusta Concato P56538 2-84555
Fedora (Giordano): Vedi io piango with Florica  Christoforeanu P.56533 2-84537/8
Fedora (Giordano): Part2 with Florica  Christoforeanu P.56533 2-84538
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Andrea Chenier? Son io with  Augusta Concato P56536  2-84550
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Ora soave with  Augusta Concato P56536 2-84551


Giuseppe Oxilia (Tenor) (Montevideo, Uruguay 1865 - Milan, Italy 1919)





He received his education in Italy. In 1885 he made his debut at the Teatro Lirico in Barcellona as Arturo in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’. He became famous as an interpreter of the title part in Verdi’s opera ‘’Otello’’. Beside Francesco Tamagno he counted as the best Otello of his time. He appeared as Otello at La Scala (1889) with Victor Maurel in the part of the Jago and in the première of the opera in 1887 at the Teatro Regio in Parma. He sang with great success in the big Italian stages, in Spain and South America. On 19. 11. 1890 he appeared as Otello in the opening night of the Teatro Argentina, La Plata (Argentina). After the withdrawal he devoted himself in teaching.

Chronology of some appearances

1885 Barcelona Teatro Lirico Gioconda (Enzo)
1888 Bologna Teatro Comunale Asrael (Asrael)
1889 Milan La Scala Otello (Otello)
1890 La Plata Teatro Argentina Carmen (Don Jose)
1892 Montevideo Teatro Solis Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1895 Pisa Politeama Favorita (Fernando)
1897 Novara Teatro Coccia Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1901 Monza Teatro Sociale Africana (Vasco)
1903 Milano Teatro Carcano Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








G&T, Milano 1901-07
Aida (Verdi):  Morir si pura e bella   52317 403b
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Fra poco a me ricovero  52321 404b

G&T, Milano 1902-03
Otello (Verdi):  Niun mi tema  52330  1628b
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo):  Vesti la giubba   52331 1629b
Rigoletto (Verdi):  La donna e mobile  52332 1630b
Rigoletto (Verdi):  Questa o quella 52333 1631b
Favorita (Donizetti):   Una vergine un angiol di dio   52334 1632b
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso  52361 1633b 
Traviata (Verdi):  De miei bollenti spiriti  52360 1634b 
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Un di all'azzurro spazio   52335 1635b

G&T, Milano 1902-04
Traviata (Verdi):  Libiamo  52274 4396
Traviata (Verdi):  Parigi, o cara  52275  4397
Luisa Miller (Verdi):  Quando le  sere al placido   52356 1771b
Mefistofele (Boito):  Dai campi, dai prati  52357  1774b

G&T, Milano 1902-11
Mefistofele (Boito):  Giunto sul passo estremo   52445 2833b

Fono Oxilia
Otello (Verdi):  Ora e per sempre addio 13




















Augusto Scampini (Tenor) (Garlasco 1880 - Barcelona 1939)




He studied at the Milan conservatory with del Fiume. Debuted in 1905 at Garlasco as Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’. In 1907 he guested in Teatro de l'Opera, Buenos Aires in ‘’Hérodiade’’ of Massenet. In the same year he sang in Teatro Massimo, Palermo as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ and as Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ of Saint-Saëns. Then he guested in the big theatres of Italy, Spain, South America and Russia with great success. In the 1910-11 season he appeared at La Scala in ‘’Simon Boccanegra’’ of Verdi and in ‘’Saffo’’ of Giovanni Pacini. In 1912 he sang at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome as Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, in 1915 at Teatro Politeama, Pisa as Radames in ‘’Aida’’. In the 1913-14 season he sang at  the  German theatre,  Prague. The critics called him successor of Enrico Caruso. In 1916 he sang in Spain and in Santiago de Chile. In the First World War he announced himself voluntarily to the Italian army and lost in the fights his leg. His  career was finished and he worked in Barcelona as a pedagogue.

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Garlasco Teatro Martinetti Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1906 Firenze Politeama Fiorentino  Trovatore (Manrico)
1907 Palermo Teatro Massimo Sansone e Dalila (Samson)
1908 Madrid Teatro Reale  Aida (Radames)
1909 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Aida (Radames)
1910 Madrid Reale  Aida (Radames)
1911 Firenze Politeama Fiorentino  Saffo
1912 Lisbona Coliseo Recrejos Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1913 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Otello (Otello)
1914 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1915 Padova Teatro Verdi Trovatore (Manrico)
1917 Santiago del Chile Teatro Municipal Otello (Otello)


RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






G&T, Milano 1907
Forza del Destino (Verdi):  La vita e un inferno 2-52614 10793b
Forza del Destino (Verdi): O tu che in seno  2-52613 10792b
Ernani (Verdi): Come rugiada al cespite  2-52611  10794b
Trovatore (Verdi):  Ah! si, ben mio  2-52612 10826b
Ballo in Maschera (Verdi):   La rivedro  2-52615 10827b
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Di tu se fedele  2-52616  10828b
Poliuto (Donizetti): Al suon dell'arpe with Cecilia David  54358 10851B
Juive (Halevy): Rachele allor che Iddio 052186 1271c
Juive (Halevy): Chi mi svela with Cecilia David  054178  1272c
Ricordanze (Vittadine) 052187 1274c
Huguentos (Meyerbeer): Dillo ancor with Cecilia David  054179 1275c

Gramophone, Milano 1908
Trovatore (Verdi): Deserto sulla terra  2-52689  11277b
Lombardi (Verdi): La mia letizia infondere 2-52690 11279‹b
Lohengrin (Wagner):  Da voi lontan  052264 1496c
Trovatore (Verdi):  Mal reggendo with Carolina Pietracewska 054211 1497½c
Jone (Petrella): O Jone di quest'anima 052245  1499‹c
Carmen (Bizet):  Il fior  052259 1550c

Pathe, Milano 1908?
Trovatore (Verdi):  Miserere with Celestina Boninsegna 84141  12507
Trovatore (Verdi):  Di quella pira  84142
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens): Figli miei 84143 10039
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens): Spezzi i ceppi 84144 10039
Otello (Verdi):  Niun mi tema    84145   10034 
Otello (Verdi):  Dio! Mi potevi scagliar 84146  10034
Aida (Verdi):  Nume custodi e vindici with Franco Fabbri-Boesmi 84147  12539
Saffo (Pacini):  Ah! Giusta pena 84149  10273
Africana (Meyerbeer):  O paradiso 84150  10273

Pathe, Milano 1912?
Fanciulla del West (Puccini):  Ch’ella mi creda  84188
Gioconda (Ponchielli):  Cielo e mar   84193 10040
Lohengrin (Wagner): Da voi lontan  84196  10041
Forza del Destino (Verdi): Le minacce, i fieri accenti P.I with Luigi Montesanto 84197 12513
Forza del Destino (Verdi): Le minacce, i fieri accenti P.II with Luigi Montesanto 86214 12513
Poliuto (Donizetti):  Al suon dell'arpe with Elvira Magliulo 86216 12515
Guillaume Tell (Rossini):  O muto asil  86224  10312
Otello (Verdi):  Gia nella notte densa with Giuseppina Baldassarre-Tedeschi 86249 12533
Trovatore (Verdi): Di geloso amor with Bianca Lenzi and Luigi Montesanto 84191

Pathe, Milano 1913 – 1916
Prophete (Meyerbeer): Re del cielo 86428  12533
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah, si, ben mio    86458   10326
Manon Lescaut (Puccini):  Guardate pazzo son 86459  10326
Otello (Verdi):  Esultate!  86485  10135
Otello (Verdi):  Ora e per sempre addio  86486  10135
Mme Sans-Gene (Giordano): Lassu in Alsazia with Giuseppina Baldassarre-Tedeschi 10321




















Sep 25, 2011

Giuseppe Acerbi (Tenor) (Codogno 1871-Milan 1934)



                                                               Pinkerton


He studied in Milan with Marziani, Blasco and Rossi. He mad his debut in 1899 at the Gaffurio in Lodi in ‘’Rigoletto’’ and ‘’Traviata’’. He was not satisfied with his performances and continued to perfect his vocal technique. In 1901, he made his new debut at the Municipale in Piacenza in ''Lucia di Lammermoor'' opposite Isabella Svicher and Giuseppe Pacini. This time the result was remarkable. In 1905, he signed his first important contract with the Comunale in Bologna where he appeared in ''Madama Butterfly'' with Salomea Krusceninski.

Chronology of some appearances

1901 Piacenza Teatro Municipale Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1902 Soresina Teatro Sociale Mefistofele (Faust)
1903 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Martha (Lionello)
1904 Modena Teatro Storchi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1905 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1906 Palermo Teatro Massimo Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1907 Alessandria d'Egitto Teatro Zizinia Faust (Faust)
1908 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1909 Parma Teatro Regio Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 Varsavia Teatro Imperiale Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1911 Varsavia Teatro Imperiale Rigoletto (Duca)
1912 Correggio Teatro Bonifazio Astoli Gioconda (Enzo)
1913 La Spezia Teatro Monteverdi Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1914 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1917 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Tosca (Cavaradossi)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE


 





G&T, Milano 1905-08?
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Tornami a dir  with  Emma Trentini  54262 7068b
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella  2-52425 7149b

Victor, USA 1905-08?

Don Pasquale (Donizetti):  Sogno soave e casto 62624  7105b

G&T, Milano 1906-11

Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Maledizione with Linda Brambilla, Francesco Cigada and Aristodemo Sillich 54326 9497b
Favorita (Donizetti): Orsu Fernando with  Francesco Cigada and Mario Capiello 54328 9525b

G&T, Milano
Pecheurs de perles (Bizet) Del tempio al limitar with Renzo Minolfi 054118 850c 

Victor, USA 1906-11
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): O sole piu rapido with Renzo Minolfi 62644  9361b
Pescatori di perle (Bizet):  Terzetto with Francesco Cigada and Linda Brambilla 58304 915c

Fonotipia, Milano 1907-10-26

Lohengrin (Wagner):  S'ei torna alfin  92019 XPh2758
Lohengrin (Wagner):  Cigno fedel 92018 XPh2759,
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Cerchero lontana terra 92021 XPh2760

Fonotipia, Milano 1907-10-28

Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Tombe degl'avi miei 92038 XPh2792
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Fra poco a me ricovero  92039 XPh2793

Fonotipia, Milano 1907-10-29

Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 92133 XPh2795
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 92132 XPh2796

Phonodisc, Milano 1908/1909

Africana (Meyerbeer):  O paradiso 1
Rigoletto (Verdi) Questa o quella  136
Rigoletto (Verdi) La donna è mobile 142
Rigoletto (Verdi): Quartetto P.I° with Linda Brambilla, Luigi Baldassarri and Laura Del Lungo 165
Rigoletto (Verdi): Quartetto P.II° with Linda Brambilla, Luigi Baldassarri and Laura Del Lungo 166
Rigoletto (Verdi) Della vendetta with Luigi Baldassarri 188
Rigoletto (Verdi) Ella mi fu rapita 301
Rigoletto (Verdi) Parmi veder le lagrime 302
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Tornami a dir che m’ami with Elvira Tetrazzini 305
Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet) Del tempio al limitar with Ernesto Caronna 336
Tosca (Puccini):  Recondita armonia 705
Aida (Verdi):  Celeste Aida 360
Rigoletto (Verdi):  Giovanna ho dei rimorsi with Eva Tetrazzini  357
Rigoletto (Verdi): E' il sol dell'anima with Eva Tetrazzini 358
Cassandra (Gnecchini): Sortita di Agamennone 368
Cassandra (Gnecchini): Ver' gli occhi 369
Andrea  Chenier (Giordano): Come un bel di di maggio 371
Andrea  Chenier (Giordano): Un di all'azzurro spazio 372

Phonodisc, Milano 1912?

Tosca (Puccini): O dolci mani with Eugenia Burzio 708
Tosca (Puccini): Amaro sol per te with Eugenia Burzio 709
Tosca (Puccini): Amaro sol per te P3 with Eugenia Burzio 710
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Tu qui Santuzza? with Eugenia Burzio 711
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): No, no Turiddu with Eugenia Burzio 712
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo):  Vesti la giubba 796
Boheme (Puccini) O Mimì tu più non torni with Luigi Baldassarri 776

Artiphon, Milano 1908/1909

Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti):  Di pescatore ignobile 8036





















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Eugenio Cibelli (Tenor) (Naples, Italy 1884 - ? 1961)


He was born in Naples. In Italy he appeared in some famous opera houses. For example in 1916 and 1919 he sang at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome in ‘’Boheme’’ and ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. As many italian opera singers he also appeared in USA, those in 1920 he performed at Manhattan Opera House as Don Jose in ‘’Carmen’’ as a member of the San Carlo Opera Company managed by Fortune Gallo. He died in 1961 probably in Italy.

Chronology of some appearances

1913  Salerno Teatro Verdi Traviata (Alfredo)
1914  Messina Teatro Mastroieni Boheme (Rodolfo)
1915  Salerno Teatro Verdi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1916  Torino Politeama Chiarella Wally (Hagenbach)
1917 Venezia Teatro Rossini Traviata (Alfredo)
1918  Napoli Teatro San Carlo Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1919 Pistoia Politeama Mabellini Fedora (Loris)
1920 New York Teatro Manhattan Carmen (Don Josи)
1922 Bagni di Contursi Villa Capasso Concerto

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Columbia, New York 1904?
Torna a Surriento (De Curtis)  E156  1985
Amalia  1986
'A Gelosia (Nutile) 1987
Canzone Cianciosa (V. De Crescenzo) D 4146  1995
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle 1727 A538

Victor, 1921-12-16
Cara piccina (G. Lama) 68581 C-25867-3
Filava filava (C. A. Bixio) 68581 C-25875-1
Nobile, stella d'Italia  BVE-45570

Victor, 1922-12-18
Soldato ignoto (E. A. Mario)  73690  B-27239-2 
Inno dei Fascisti (G. Gasteldo) 73690  B-27240-1

Victor, 1922/1925
'A stella mia (Bongiovanni) 69981 B
Canzone a mare (De Crescenzo)  B-31311
Senza Napule (E. A. Mario) B-29422
Abat jour (M. Cobianco) 77192 B-28773- 1
Donna Americo (Giuliani) 77014  B-28417- 7
Fox trot della nostalgia (B. Cherubini-Vitaliani) 77469 B-29675-2
Poldina Bella (A. Capponi) 68642-A
Pallida mimosa (G. Lama) 77014  B-28418-2


Sep 24, 2011

Luigi Montesanto (Baritone) (Palermo 1887- Milan 1954)





A pupil of Santorno in Palermo, Montesanto began his operatic work as a youth in small roles at the Massimo in Palermo. His debut in substantial roles took place at the Biondo in Palermo, 1908, as Escamillo in ‘’Carmen’’ and Silvio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. After singing throughout Italy, Montesanto appeared at the Colón (Buenos Aires) as Jochanaan in that house’s premiere of Strauss’s ‘’Salome’’ and then with the Metropolitan, creating there Michele in the world premiere of Puccini’s ‘’Il Tabarro’’. His career also included La Scala, the Teatro Costanzi, and the Chicago Opera. He taught in later years, his primary pupil having been Giuseppe Di Stefano. Recordings of Montesanto’s voice appear on Pathé, Fonotipia, and electrically on Italian Columbia. 

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Palermo Teatro Biondo Pagliacci (Tonio)
1909 Asti Politeama Nazionale Pagliacci (Tonio)
1910 Pisa Teatro Rossi Pagliacci (Tonio)
1910 Cremona Teatro Ponchielli Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
1910 Trieste Politeama Rossetti   Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1910 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
1913 San Francisco Tivoli Opera House Pagliacci (Tonio)
1913 San Francisco Tivoli Opera House Zaza (Cascart)
1913 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Pagliacci (Tonio)
1914 Mosca Teatro Imperiale Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1917 Udine  Teatro Sociale Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1918 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1918 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1918 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Pagliacci (Tonio)
1919 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1919 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
1919  Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1919 San Paolo Teatro Municipal Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1919 Firenze Teatro Verdi Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1920 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1920 Montecarlo  Teatro del Casinò Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1920 Valencia Teatro Principal Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1922 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1922 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1924 Torino Teatro Regio Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1926 Chicago Civic Opera House Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1926 Alessandria Teatro Municipale Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1928 Verona Arena Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1928 Chicago Civic Opera House Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1933 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1934 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1937 Amsterdam  Teatro Carrè Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
 
RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Pathé, Milano 1912/1913
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prologo, pt 1 84156
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prologo, pt2 84159

Fonotipia, Milano 1917-04-23
Otello (Verdi): Credo 69293 XPh 5188

Fonotipia, Milano 1917-04-24
Ernani (Verdi): Gran Dio! 69227 XPh5122

Fonotipia, Milano 1917-04-25
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Si puo? 69294 XPh 5189

Fonotipia, Milano 1917-04-26
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì m'era di gioia 69230 XPh5125

Fonotipia, Milano 1917-04-27
Rigoletto (Verdi): Pari siamo! 69229 XPh5124

Pathe, Milano 1912/1913
Forza del destino (Verdi):  Le minacce, i fieri accenti P.1 with Augusto Scampini 84197 12513
Forza del destino (Verdi): Le minaccie, pt 2 with Augusto Scampini 86214 12513
Amica (Mascagni): Piu presso al ciel with Elvira Magliulo 86220, 12504
Faust (Gounod): Morte di Valentino 84163
Germania (Franchetti): Ascolta, io morirò 84164
Trovatore (Verdi): Di geloso amor with Augusto Scampini and Bianca Lenzi 86191

Pathe, New York 1921?
Tosca (Puccini): Già mi dicon venal 27021 10356
Zazà (Leoncavallo):  Zazà, piccola zingara 10356 61538

Columbia, Milano 1928-09
 Don Giovanni (Mozart): Serenata D12288 B2104
Otello (Verdi): Credo 50173-D WBX329

Columbia, Milano 1929?
Gioconda (Poncielli): Così mantieni il patto with Iva Pacetti D14495

HMV, Milano 1933?
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Dunque io son with Toti dal Monte DB2125 2W 2165
Rigoletto (Verdi): V'ho ingannato DB2124 2-W-2166
Rigoletto (Verdi):  Lassu in cielo with Toti dal Monte DB2124 2W B2166

Sep 23, 2011

Eugenia Bronskaja (Bronskaya) (Soprano) (St. Petersburg 1882- St. Petersburg 1952)



                                       

She studied first with her mother in St. Petersburg, who had been a known singer under the name Mme E. de Hacké. Later she studied with famous polish soprano Teresa Arkel in Milan. She made her opera debut in Hall of Merchant assembly, St. Petersburg (17 oct., 1900). In 1901 Bronskaja appeared in Opera theatre ‘’Arkadia’’, St. Petersburg. In the 1901-1902 season she appeared in Tbilis Opera, then she sang in Opera Theatre ‘’Aquarium’’, St. Petersburg. In 1902 she sang in Moscow Opera Theatre ‘’Aquarium’’. In the 1902-1903 season she appeared in opera theatres of Kiev, Odessa, 1904-1905 in Opera Theatre of Solodovnikov. In the same time she gusted in Kharkov, Odessa. 1906-1907 she sang at the National House of St. Petersburg. In 1905 she appeared in France, Theatre ‘’Olimpia’’ (1906/7), Milan, La Scala (1907), Teatro La Felice, Venice, where she performed Tatyana in the Venice première of Tchaikovsky’s ‘’Eugene Onegin’’ with his husband, opera singer Georgi Makarov. In Italy she also appeared at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome (1908, as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’).Then she appeared in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia (here she sang with Enrico Caruso). She returned to Italy and sang in Parma, Trieste, Bologna, Verona, Florence. From 1910 to 1923 Bronskaja was a soloist at the Mariinski Theatre, St. Petersburg, where she debuted as Violetta in ‘’La Traviata’’. She also appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, it was in 1911-1912. From 1923 to 1950 she taught at the Leningrad Conservatory. She possessed protruding beauty, an equal voice in all registers of a pleasant ‘’silver’’ timbre and the extensive range, a clear and distinct coloratura.

Chronology of some appearances

1905  France Olimpia Theatre
1907  Milan La Scala
1907 Venice Teatro La Fenice
1908  Rome Costanzi
1909  Boston  Opera House
1910  Chicago  Auditorium
1910  Pittsburgh  Nixon Theatre
1910  St. Louis  Odeon Theatre

RECORDINGS FOR SALE


 





Columbia, New York 1910-04-11
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell'amore with Florencio Constantino, Ramon Blanchart,  Bettina Freeman H1029 30422
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini):  Una voce poco fa H1036 30427
Romeo et Juliette (Gounod):  Nella calma H1038 30428
Traviata (Verdi):  Parigi, o cara with with Florencio Constantino H1023 30429

Columbia, New York 1910-04-15
Rigoletto (Verdi): Tutte le feste with Ramon Blanchart A5183 30436
Rigoletto (Verdi): Figlia, mio padre with Ramon Blanchart A5180 30442
Rigoletto (Verdi): Veglia, o donna with Ramon Blanchart A5180 30453
Mignon (Thomas):  Io son Titania H1039 30434
Rigoletto (Verdi):  E’ il sol dell'anima with with Florencio Constantino H1025 30435
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Verranno a te with Florencio Constantino H1024 30439
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Chi mi frena with Florencio Constantino, Luigi Cilla, Ramon Blanchart,  Bettina Freeman and Jose Mardones  H1020  30443
Boheme (Puccini): O soave fanciulla with Florencio Constantino H1028 30444
Faust (Gounod):  Dammi ancor with Florencio Constantino H1024 30445
Dinorah (Meyerbeer):  Ombra leggiera H1039 30446
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Regnava nel silenzio H1038 30447
Traviata (Verdi): Ah! Forse, lui H1040 30448
Traviata (Verdi): Sempre libera H1040 30455

Columbia, New York 1910-04-21
Rigoletto (Verdi):  Caro nome H1037 30454
Traviata (Verdi):  Un di, felice with with Florencio Constantino H1023 30460
Ave Maria (Gounod) H1037 30472

Gramophone, St Petersburg? 1914-01-18
Huguenots (Meyerbeer):  Tu m'as compris, adieu! with Lev Sibiryakov 024098 285af




















Alfredo Tedeschi (Tenor) (San Fratello, Messina 1882 - Milan 1967)




His real name was Alfio Tedesco, which he also used in his appearances in North America. He was a pupil of  M. Ortisi. Debuted in 1902 at the Teatro Alfieri, Asti as Elvino in ‘’La Sonnambula’’. During the following twenty years he had a successful career as a lyrical tenor in the bigger Italian provincial theatres. In the 1923-24 season he also appeared at La Scala as Arturo in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor ‘’. In 1915 and 1927 he guested at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, in 1928 he sang there as fisherman in the première of the opera ‘’Le Rossignol’’ of Strawinski, also as Nicias in ‘’Thaïs’’ of Massenet and in the premiere of the Argentine opera ’’Chrysantheme’’ of Peacan del Sar. In 1922 he performed in Arena di Verona as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. In 1920 he guested at the Municipal theatre of Zurich. In 1926 he sang at the MET, New York as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. His career lasted very much long; still in 1945 he is to be heard at the Teatro Grattacielo, Genova. He spent the last years at the "Casa di Riposo G. Verdi" in Milan.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Asti Teatro Alfieri Sonnambula (Elvino)
1903 Barcellona Teatro Novedades    Puritani (Arturo)
1905 Novara Teatro Faraggiana Sonnambula (Elvino)
1908 Firenze Politeama Nazionale  Werther (Werther)
1913 Kiev Teatro Solodownikoff  Ernani (Ernani)
1915 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Mignon (Guglielmo)
1920 Modena Teatro Storchi Stagione
1922 Empoli  Teatro Salvini Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1925 Milano  Teatro Carcano  Amico Fritz (Fritz)
1927 Torino Teatro Di Torino Italiana in Algeri (Lindoro)
1930 New York  Teatro Metropolitan Concerto
1936 Roma  Teatro Dell'Opera Orseolo di I. Pizzetti (Marino Orseolo)
1938 Palermo Teatro Massimo Francesca da Rimini (Malatestino)
1943 'S-Gravenhage Gebouw voor Kunsten en Watenschappen  Falstaff (Bardolfo)
1945 Genova Pagliacci (Arlecchino)   
 
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Pathe-AICC cylinders & discs, Milano 1903?
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Se il mio nome 84091
Rigoletto (Verdi):  La donna è mobile 84095
Germania (Franchetti):  Non chiuder gli occhi 84097
Fedora (Giordano):  Amor ti vieta 84102

Pathé, Milano 1906?
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 86191
Iris (Mascagni) Apri la tua finestra 86205
Rigoletto (Verdi) Questa o quella 86195
Iris (Mascagni) Il bacio 86204

Disco America
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Siciliana 31634 M510

Beka, Milano 1913/1914?
Lohengrin (Wagner): Mercè cigno gentil 42318
Werther (Massenet): Ah! Non mi ridestar 42320

Parlophon
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni):  Siciliana 296a 42336
Lohengrin (Wagner):  Marce Cigno gentil 296b 42318

Victor, New York 1928-04-05
Ernani (Verdi): O sommo Carlo with Anthony, De Luca & chorus 8174 CVE43615-2


Sep 22, 2011

Gilda Dalla Rizza (Soprano) (Verona 1892 - Milan 1975)





She was born in Verona. She made her operatic debut in Bologna (the Teatro Verdi) in 1912, as Charlotte in ‘’Werther’’. Especially acclaimed in the verismo repertory, she was regarded as being Giacomo Puccini's favorite soprano, creating Magda in his ‘’La rondine’’ (1917). Although he created the part of Minnie in ‘’La fanciulla del West’’ for Emmy Destinn, when Puccini saw Dalla Rizza in the part, he said, "At last I have seen my true Fanciulla". She also gave the first European performances of his ‘’Suor Angelica’’ and ‘’Gianni Schicchi’’, at Rome in 1919. She also created roles in Pietro Mascagni's ‘’Il piccolo Marat’’ and Riccardo Zandonai's ‘’Giulietta e Romeo’’. She was also an important interpreter of that composer's ‘’Francesca da Rimini’’. She also appeared at the Teatro Colón (including ‘’Manon Lescaut’’ opposite Aureliano Pertile) and Covent Garden, and was a favorite at Monte Carlo and the Teatro alla Scala. One of Dalla Rizza's unexpected successes at the latter theatre was in ‘’La traviata’’, under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. The beautiful singing-actress bade Farewell to the stage in 1939, though she returned for a final ‘’Suor Angelica’’, at Vicenza in 1942. She was married to the tenor Tino Capuzzo, and, from 1939 to 1955, she taught at Venice's Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello. The great prima donna died at Milan's Casa Verdi, in 1975. 

Chronology of some appearances

1913 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Dannazione di Faust (Margherita)
1913 Novara  Teatro Coccia Fanciulla del West (Minnie)
1913 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Fanciulla del West (Minnie)
1914 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Boheme (Mimi)
1914 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Boheme (Mimi)
1914 San Paolo  Politeama Boheme (Mimi)
1914 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Boheme (Mimi)
1914 Montevideo Teatro Solis Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1915 Piacenza  Teatro Municipale Boheme (Mimi)
1915 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Mimi)
1915 Porto Alegre  Teatro San Pedro Boheme (Mimi)
1915 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Boheme (Mimi)
1916 Milano  Teatro La Scala Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1916 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1916 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1916 San Paolo Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1916 Havana  Teatro Nacional Boheme (Mimi)
1917 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Boheme (Mimi)
1918 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1919 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)
1920 San Paulo Teatro Municipal Francesca da Rimini (Francesca)
1920 Roma Teatro Costanzi Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)
1921 Rosario di Santa Fe  Teatro Colon Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1923 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1923 Milano Teatro La Scala Manon Lescaut (Manon)
1923 Milano Teatro La Scala Tosca (Tosca)
1923 Torino Teatro Scribe  Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1924 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1924 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1924 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1924 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1925 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1925 Valparaiso  Teatro Victoria Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1925 Conception Teatro Conception Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1926 Firenze  Politeama Fiorentino Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1930 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1930 Valparaiso  Teatro Victoria Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1931 Roma  Teatro dell'Opera Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1933 Palermo Politeama Garibaldi Manon Lescaut (Manon)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE 

 






Columbia, Milano 1913?
Forza del destino (Verdi): La vergine degli angeli E2459 42070
Forza del destino (Verdi): Madre pietosa vergine E2459 42071
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): La mamma morta D9338 42080

Faust (Gounod): Allor che lieve ebbrezza with  Eugenia Lopez Nuñes & Vincenzo Bettoni D4517 42063
Faust (Gounod): Permettereste a me with Gaetano Tommasini & Eugenia Lopez Nuñes D4517 42064 

Fonotipia, Milano 1924-02-25
Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte 152028 Pho5435

Fonotipia, Milano 1924-02-27
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): In quelle trine morbide 152024  Pho5438

Fonotipia, Milano 1925-05-01
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Un bel di vedremo 74991 XXph 5434

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-05-29
Traviata (Verdi): Brindisi with Giovanni Manuritta  120152 xxph6282-2
Traviata (Verdi): Parigi, o cara with Giovanni Manuritta 120163 xxph6283
Traviata (Verdi): E strano…Sempre libera with Giovanni Manuritta 120156 xxph6285
Traviata (Verdi): Sempre libera with Giovanni Manuritta 120156 xxph6284
Traviata (Verdi): Un di, felice Fonotipia with Giovanni Manuritta 120152 xxph6286
Traviata (Verdi): Teneste la promessa...Addio, del passato 120163 XXph 6287

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-06-15
Manon (Massenet): Lettura della lettera with Giovanni Manuritta 120160 xxph6314
Manon (Massenet): Addio nostro picciol desco 120160b xxph6315
Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte 120164 XXPh6316
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): In quelle trine morbide 120164 XXPh6317


Fonotipia, Milano 1928-10-26
Traviata (Verdi): Pura siccome un angelo with Giulio Fregosi 120186 XXPh6437
Traviata (Verdi): E grave il sacrifizio with Giulio Fregosi 120186 XXPh6438
Traviata (Verdi): Dite alla giovine with Giulio Fregosi 120187 XXPh6439
Traviata (Verdi): Imponete... Morro! la mia memoria with Giulio Fregosi 120187 XXPh6440


Columbia, Milano 1931
Complete Fedora (Giordano) with  Antonio Melandri, Emilio Ghilardini, Ljuba Mirella and Corrado Zambelli