Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 21, 2011

Ferruccio Giannini (Tenor) (Ponte d'Arnia, Italy 1868 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1948)

At the age of seventeen he emigrated to USA. In Boston he  took singing lessons from Eleodoro De Campi. In 1891 Giannini made his debut in Boston and  from 1892 to 1894 undertook an America tour with the Mapleson Opera Company. Then he lived in Philadelphia and appeared in opera and concert performances in the USA and also  taught  singing. He  opened in Philadelphia a small theatre in which he organized operas and concerts with his pupils. Married the violinist Antonietta Briglia. His daughter was the famous opera singer Dusolina Giannini. Giannini was the founder of the  Verdi Opera House in Philadelphia. He was the first “serious” operatic artist to make recordings, for Berliner in 1896, and later for Victor and Zonophone.

Chronology of appearance

1891 Boston Opera House


Berliner, Philadelphia 1896-03-04
Martha M’appari Berliner 905 

Berliner, Philadelphia 1896-04-15
Pieta, Signore (Niedermeyer) 979
Rigoletto Questa o quella 983

Berliner, Philadelphia 1896-05-04
Marseillaise (de l'Isle) 901Z

Berliner, New York 1897-06-25
Luisa Miller Quando le  sere al placido 1740

Berliner, New York 1898-05-31
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Viva il vino 932X

Berliner, Philadelphia 1896-11-17
Santa Lucia (Cottrau) 1617

Berliner, New York? 1899-06-28
Palms  (Faure) 0297

Berliner, New York? 1899-10-07
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere 0572

Victor, 1903-06-25
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar 2405 A137

Victor, 1903-06-26
Funiculì, funiculà (Denza) 2404 B1687-2

Victor, 1903-07-03
Trovatore Miserere 2431 B1683-2

Victor, 1903-10-06
Violets (Wright) 2506 B468-2
Rigoletto La donna e mobile 2531 B503-1

Columbia, New York 1903?
Funiculì, funiculà (Denza) 1484

Columbia, New York 1904?
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere 1738

Victor, 1904-09-13
Rigoletto Questa o quella  4058 B1682-2

Victor, 1904-09-24
Trovatore Miserere with Edith Merrilees 31311 C-1703-1

Columbia, New York 1904?
Martha (Flotow): Solo, profugo with Alberto De Bassini 1771 A543

Rex, Philadelphia 1913?
Sweetest Story Ever Told (Stults) 5168


  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you for sharing this valuable biographical information.

  2. fantastic! thank you very much!

    1. Thanks a lot dear friend for your comment.
      All the best

  3. Hello Ashot,

    fantastic blog you have.

    BTW Ferruccio Ginnini recorded a version of "O Sole Mio".
    Could you tell me WHEN he recorded this version and on which label.

    Here you can listen to his version.

    Jojo greets