Forgotten Opera Singers

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

May 14, 2012

Augusta Concato (Soprano) (Verona 1895 - Carate Brianza 1964)




She studied in Verona with Conti Fioroni and made her debut in 1918 at the Teatro Sociale of Brescia in ‘’Forza del Destino’’. Already in 1919 she sang at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna the role of Margherita in ‘’Mefistofele’’ of Boito. Two years later she appeared there in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Leggenda di Sakuntala’’ of Alfano. In 1921 Arturo Toscanini engaged her to appear at La Scala in Milan, she made her debut in 1922 as Giorgetta in Puccini’s ‘’Il Tabarro’’. Here in 1923 she performed in the première of the above-mentioned opera ‘’La Leggenda di Sakuntala’’ of Alfano. She sang also in Rome (Teatro Costanzi 1921, ‘’Aida’’ and ‘’Manon Lescaut’’), Turin (Teatro Regio 1920, ‘’Suor Angelica’’), Parma (Teatro Regio 1920, ‘’Loreley’’), Naples (Teatro San Carlo 1927, ‘’Manon Lescaut’’). In 1924 she made guest appearances in  Australia with an opera troup of Nellie Melba. Here she sang in  ‘’Aida’’ and ‘’Madama Butterfly’’. Hercareer was marked by guest performances in Monte Carlo, Cairo, Alessandria, Barcelona, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo. She was married to the tenor Nino Piccaluga (1890-1973). She retired from the stage approximately in 1938.

Chronology of some appearances

1918 Brescia Teatro Sociale Forza del Destino (Leonora)
1919 Bologna Teatro Comunale Mefistofele (Margherita)
1920 Turin Teatro Regio Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)
1920 Parma Teatro Regio Loreley (Loreley)
1921 Bologna Teatro Comunale La Leggenda di Sakuntala (Sakuntala)
1921 Rome Teatro Costanzi Aida (Aida)
1921 Rome Teatro Costanzi Manon Lescaut (Manon Lescaut)
1922 Milan La Scala Il Tabarro (Giorgetta)
1927 Naples Teatro San Carlo Manon Lescaut (Manon Lescaut)

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Fonotipia, Milano 1928-05-21
Boheme (Puccini): Addio, dolce svegliare with Ferdinando Ciniselli, Ernesto Badini and Assunta Garguilo 120145 XXPh 6241

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-10-16
Mefistofele (Boito): Quartetto di giardino, pt 1 with Ciniselli, Righetti and Castagna 120172 XXPh6376
Mefistofele (Boito): Quartetto di giardino, pt 2 with Ciniselli, Righetti and Castagna 120173 XXPh6383
Mefistofele (Boito): Quartetto di giardino, pt3 with Ciniselli, Righetti and Castagna 120173 XXPh6384

Parlophon
Manon (Massenet): Addio o nostro picol desio P56514 2-84064
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Andrea Chenier? Son io with  Ferdinando Ciniselli P56536 2-84550
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Ora soave with  Ferdinando Ciniselli P56536 2-84551
Aida (Verdi) O terra addio with F. Ciniselli and G. Sani  84555
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Voi lo sapete o mamma 20120-a


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