Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Mar 16, 2012

Luigi Fort (Tenor) (Turin 1907 - Milan 1976)


He studied with Luigi Cocchi in Turin and made his debut as a concert singer in 1926 at the church Santa Teresa in Turin in ‘’Il Natale di Redentore’’ of  Lorenzo Perosi.  His stage debut took place in 1927 at the Teatro Regio in Turin as Arturo in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’. In 1930 he gave some very successful concerts in Holland. Here In 1931 as a first light tenor of the Italian Opera Company he performed with great success as Nadir in G. Bizet’s ‘’I Pescatori di perle‘’. From 1930 to 1937 he appeared in Holland where he attained an unbelievable popularity. In 1935 he appeared at the Maggio Musicale of Florence in the premiere  of I. Pizzetti’s ‘’ L'Orseolo’’. In 1936 Fort made his debut at La Scala in Milan where on 12. 2. 1936 he sang in the premiere of the opera ‘’Il Campiello’’ of Wolf-Ferrari. In 1937 he made guest appearance at Covent Garden in London, in 1938 in Antwerp and in 1939 at the festival of Glyndebourne. In 1939 he sang at the Salzburg festival as Almaviva in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’. During the Scond World War he fought with the Italian Liberation Army. At the end of the war, he returned to the stages. He retired at the beginning of the 1950s

Chronology of some appearances

1930 Asti  Teatro Alfieri Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1930 Utrecht  Stadsscouwburg Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1931 Torino  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1931 Torino  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1931 Genova  Politeama Genovese Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1931 Amsterdam  Teatro Carrè Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1931 S-Gravenaghe  Gebouw Voor Kusten en Wetenschappen Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1931 Rotterdam  Groote Schouwburg Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1932 Bari  Teatro Petruzzelli Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1932 Bolzano  Teatro Civico Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1932 Lecce  Politeama Greco Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1932 'S-Gravenhage  Gebouw Voor Kunsten en Wetencschappen Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1932 'S-Gravenhage  Gebouw Voor Kunsten en Wetencschappen Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1932 'S-Gravenaghe  Gebouw Voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1933 Genova  Politeama Genovese Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1933 'S-Gravenhage  Gebouw Voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1933 Arnhem  Stadsschouwburg Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1935 Amsterdam  Teatro Carrè Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1936 Pola  Arena Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1937 Brescia  Teatro Grande Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1938 Bari  Teatro Petruzzelli Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1938 Parma  Teatro Regio Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1938 Cremona  Piazza del Comune Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1938 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1938 Amsterdam  Teatro Carrè Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1940 Roma  Eiar Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   
1940 Como  Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)   



Columbia, Milano 1931?
Arlesiana (Cilea): Lamento di Federico OQX8000 WBX1288
Faust (Gounod): Salve dimora OQX8000 WBX1292

Columbia, Milano 1933
Werther (Massenet): Ah! Non mi ridestar DC190 WB5253
Elisir d’amore (Donizetti): Quanto e bella DC190  WB5254
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima OQX 8001  WBX 1289
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Serenata  DC192 WB5255
Italiana in Algeri (Rossini): Languir per una Bella DC191 WB5256
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Il mio tesoro DC192 WB5257
Mignon (Thomas): Addio, Mignon DC191 WB5258
Pescatori di perle (Bizet): Mi par d'udire ancora  DX756 WBX 1290

Columbia, Milano 1934
Pescatori di Perle (Bizet): Del tempio al limitar with Leo Piccioli  CQ 1393 CB 6149
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Numero quindici with Leo Piccioli CQ1393 CB6150
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Leo Piccioli DQ1976
Boheme (Puccini): O Mimì, tu più non torni with Leo Piccioli   DQ1976

Columbia, Milano 1936
Anima allegra (Vittadini): E' arrivata primavera DQ1979  CB7663
Ideale (Tosti) DQ1979 CB7664
Si vous l'aviez compris! (Denza) DQ1980 CB7665
Ay, ay, ay (Perez-Freire) DQ1980 CB7666


  1. What a voice, such legato, sustain, velvet power...why is he forgotten?

    1. He is forgotten, because people don't understand vocal art deeply

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