Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 30, 2011

Lina Pasini-Vitale (Soprano) (Rome 1872 - Rome 1959)

After study in Rome she made her debut at the Teatro Dal Verme, Milan, as Cecilia in La tilda by Francesco Cilea (1892). Early in her career she was successful at La Scala and in Rome and Turin as Pietro Mascagni's Iris and Suzel (L᾽amico Fritz), Micaela, Mimi and Gretel. In 1897 she married the conductor Edoardo Vitale. From 1914 she was widely known in operas by Richard Wagner, singing Kundry in the South American premiere of Parsifal at Buenos Aires, and appearing as Brunnhilde at Rome in 1926. She retired in 1928, after singing Kundry at Naples. Her sister Camilla Pasini was also a singer.

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Perugia  Teatro Turreno Mignon (Mignon)
1894 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Carmen (Micaela)
1894 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Pagliacci (Nedda)
1894 Rovigo  Teatro Sociale Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1896 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Mimi)
1896 Roma  Teatro Nazionale Mignon (Mignon)
1896 Venezia  Teatro Malibran Mignon (Mignon)
1897 Genova  Politeama Genovese Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1897 Genova  Politeama Genovese Mignon (Mignon)
1898 Firenze  Teatro Pagliano Boheme (Mimi)
1898 Genova  Politeama Genovese Boheme (Mimi)
1899 Venezia  Teatro Rossini Boheme (Mimi)
1899 Firenze Arena Nazionale Mignon (Mignon)
1899 Padova  Teatro Verdi Mignon (Mignon)
1900 Genova  Politeama Genovese Boheme (Mimi)
1900 Roma  Teatro Quirino Ballo in Maschera (Amelia)
1900 Milano  Teatro La Scala Boheme (Mimi)
1901 Firenze  Teatro della Pergola Mefistofele (Margherita)
1902 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Boheme (Mimi)
1902 Pisa  Teatro Verdi Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1902 Pisa  Teatro Verdi Pagliacci (Nedda)
1902 Livorno  Teatro Rossini Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1902 Imola  Teatro Comunale Mignon (Mignon)
1903 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Manon Lescaut (Manon)
1904 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Germania (Ricke)
1904 Teramo  Teatro Comunale Manon Lescaut (Manon)
1905 Teramo  Teatro Comunale Otello (Desdemona)
1905 Madrid  Teatro Reale Boheme (Mimi)
1905 Madrid  Teatro Reale Mefistofele (Margherita)
1907 Genova  Politeama Genovese Boheme (Mimi)
1907 Madrid  Teatro Reale Lohengrin (Elsa)
1908 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Boheme (Mimi)
1908 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Boheme (Mimi)
1909 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Lohengrin (Elsa)
1910 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Dannazione di Faust (Margherita)
1911 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Dannazione di Faust (Margherita)
1914 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1914 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1922 Catania  Teatro Bellini Boheme (Mimi)
1922 Catania  Teatro Bellini Lohengrin (Elsa)
1922 Bari  Teatro Petruzzelli Lohengrin (Elsa)



Fonotipia, Milano 1909-04-24
Tosca (Puccini): O dolci mani with Giuseppe Krismer 92484 XPh 3865
Tosca (Puccini): Non la sospiri with Giuseppe Krismer 92483 XPh3864
Faust (Gounod): Tardi si fa with  Giuseppe Krismer  92485 XPh3866
Faust (Gounod): Sempre amar! with  Giuseppe Krismer 92486 XPh3867

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-11
Tannhauser (Wagner):  Salve d'amor 92521  XPh3915
Tannhauser (Wagner): Preghiera 92522 XPh3916

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-19
Manon (Massenet): Addio, picol desco  92583  XPh3956

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-22
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Tu qui, Santuzza? with Rinaldo Grassi 74149 XPh3968
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Ah! lo vedi with Rinaldo Grassi 74150  XPh3969

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-23
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Ora a noi with Ferruccio Corradetti 92523 XPh3975
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Ah! mi ha scordata? with Ferruccio Corradetti 92524 XPh3976
Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-25
Amico Fritz (Mascagni): Bel cavaliere 92584 XPh3993

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-28
Amico Fritz (Mascagni): Suzel, buon di with Giuseppe Krismer 92595 XPh4006
Amico Fritz (Mascagni): Tutto tace  with Giuseppe Krismer, 92596 XPh4007

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-29
Forza del destino  (Verdi): Venite fidente alla croce  with Oreste Luppi 92527XPh4013
Forza del destino  (Verdi): E l'amante? with Oreste Luppi  92528 XPh4014

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-30
Ernani (Verdi):  O sommo Carlo with Piero Schiavazzi and Pasquale Amato 74161 XPh4022
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Io son ricco with Lina Pasini-Vitale & chorus 92526 XPh4021

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-07-01
Mefistofele (Boito): Dimmi se credi, Enrico with Rinaldo Grassi 92567 XPh4032
Faust (Gounod):  Oh del ciel angioli... All'erta, all'erta  with Rinaldo Grassi and Oreste Luppi 92633  XPh4031

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-07-02
Lohengrin (Wagner): Ortruda, ove sei tu? with  Armida Parsi-Pettinella 74147  XXPh4034
Aida (Verdi): Gran Concertato Finale Atto II with Icilio Calleja, Armida Parsi-Pettinella, Antonio Magini-Coletti, Ferruccio Corradetti and Oreste Luppi 69022  XPh 4036

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-10-09
Otello (Verdi): Gia nella notte densa with Giovanni Zenatello 74157 XXPh4087
Otello (Verdi): Ed tu t'amavi with Giovanni Zenatello 74158  XXPh4088



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

  2. She was my great grandmother from italian side. Her son was Riccardo Vitale, my grandfather. He had a daughter, Milly Vitale who married my dad, Vincent Hillyer. I am Edoardo Hillyer

  3. I visited Riccardo Vitale at his invitation in Rome, 1955. As a radio operator, I had been in contact over the air, using Morse code. He was an excellent user of the code. A charming man. I did not see Camilla, his daughter, a few months younger than I. T R M, G2JL