Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Sep 16, 2011

Francesco Federici (Baritone) (Ferrara 1873 - Den Haag 1934)




He is descended from an aristocratic family in Ferrara. Debuted in 1894 in Montepulciano (Teatro Poliziano) and sang in Italian provincial theatres. In 1903 he guested in Bari appearing as Schaunard in ‘’Boheme’’. In 1905 he performed at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo in ‘’Dinorah’’ and ‘’Iris’’; in 1906 he sang in Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti as Belcore in ‘’L’elisir d’amore’’. In 1905 he appeared at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna in the premiere of the opera ‘’Cassandra’’ of Vittorio Gnecchi. In 1909 he guested at the Teatro Liceo, Barcelona. From 1913 to 1916 he sang at the Chicago Opera. Here he appeared 1913 in the American première of Leoncavallo’s ‘’I Zingari’’ as Tamir (in presence of the composer). In 1916 he was staying at the opera house of Sao Paulo. In 1934 he was engaged by the Italian opera in Holland, where he broke down during of performance in Amsterdam. He died few days later and found his last place of rest in Hague.

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Montepulciano Teatro Poliziano Cavalleria rusticana (Alfio)
1905 Palermo Teatro Massimo  Dinorah (Hoel)
1905 Bologna Teatro Comunale Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
1906 Bergamo Teatro Donizetti Boheme (Marcello)
1909 Barcelona Teatro Liceo Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)

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Gramophone, Milano 1908-05
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Vedeste Mistress Clark with Francisco Granados, Francesco Cigada and Giuseppe  Quinzi-Tapergi 54390 11201b
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Signore, vi presento with Francisco Granados, Giuseppe  Quinzi-Tapergi and Ines De Frate 054234 1465c

Gramophone, Milano 1909-05-04
Traviata (Verdi): Alfredo, Alfredo with Gino Gotti Giovanelli and Giuseppina Huguet 054264 1827c

Gramophone, Milano 1909-05-14
Ernani (Verdi):  O sommo Carlo with Giovanni Davi and Honoria Popovici  054287 1851c


1 comment:

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