Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Sep 17, 2011

Alfonso Garulli (Tenor) (? 1858/66 - ? 1915)

He had a successful career in the leading Italian opera theatres and sang among other things at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples (1884) and at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome (1888). At La Scala he appeared in 1887 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Flora Mirabilis’’ of Spiro Samara, in the 1896-97 season as Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ of Saint-Saéns and as Araquil in ’’La Navarraise’’ of Massenet. In 1897 he helped at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Falena’’ of Antonio Smareglia. He also guested in big opera houses abroad, thus in 1885 and 1887 at Covent Garden, London (as Jose in ‘’Carmen’’ and as Nadir in ‘’Pècheurs de perles’’) and in 1887 at the Kroll Theatre, Berlin. He was married the soprano Ernestina Bendazzi-Garulli (1864-1931).

Chronology of some appearances

1885 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Carmen (Don Jose)
1885 Rovereto Teatro Sociale Carmen (Don Jose)
1888 Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale Carmen (Don Jose)
1888 Bologna Teatro Comunale Carmen (Don Jose)
1890 Verona Teatro Ristori Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1891 Pisa Teatro Verdi Carmen (Don Jose)
1892 Pesaro Teatro Rossini Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1893 Palermo Politeama Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1896 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Carmen (Don Jose)
1897 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Carmen (Don Jose)
1902 Bologna Arena Azeglio Carmen (Don Jose)



Zonophone, Milano 1903?
Aprile (Tosti) X-1540
Ovunque tu (Van Westerhout) X-1542
Serenata: Sera di paradiso X-1543
Ideale (Tosti) X-1545
Mireille (Gounod): Chanson de Magali X-1548
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba X-1549

Pathe - AICC cylinders & discs, Milano 1903
Ideale (Tosti) 84002
Aprile (Tosti) 84080
Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner): Nel verno al pie 84082
Mireille (Gounod): Canzone di Magali with Ernestina Bendazzi-Garulli 84085
Aida (Verdi): Morir si pura e bella 84086
Mefistofele (Boito): Forma ideal, purissima 84088


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