Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Oct 9, 2011

Alberto De Bassini (Baritone) (Firenze 1847 - Milan?)



He was the son of a famous italian baritone Achille De Bassini (1819-81), who appeared in 1849 in the premiere of Verdi’s ‘’Luisa Miller’’ and in 1862 at St. Petersburg in ‘’La forza del destino’’. His mother was a famous soprano Rita Gabussi (1816-91). He was trained by his father and debuted in 1870 at Venice in Donizetti’s ‘’Belisario’’  together with his father. in 1881 he sang at the Teatro Paganini in Genoa, then at the Teatro Malibran in Venice as Almaviva in ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’. In 1883 De Bassini appeared at the Teatro Carcano in Milan. In 1890 De Bassini made his second debut, this time as a baritone, in Teatro Filodramatico, Milan. As a baritone he was not very successful in Italy, and in 1898 he emigrated to the North America, where he appeared at different opera societies especially in French repertoire. Later he was a song pedagogue in New York.

Chronologhy of some appearances

1890 Milano Teatro dei Filodrammatici Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1892 Napoli Teatro Sannazzaro Elisir d'amore (Belcore)
1897 New York Waldorf Astoria Il  Ritratto di Manon (De Grieux)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE









Bettini cylinders, New York 1897 - 1899
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti): Guai se ti sfugge un moto with Dante Del Papa and Rosalia Chalia 3
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Dunque io son with  Rosalia Chalia 7
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Un nido di memorie 7
Otello (Verdi): Credo 34
Aida (Verdi): Ed in suo potere io sto…Rivedrai le foreste wih Gina Ciaparelli
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): Duetto Maria-Sallustio with Gina Ciaparelli 
Guglielmo Tell  (Rossini): Troncar suoi di with Dante Del Papa and Vittorio Girardi

Berliner, New York 1897 - 1898
Africana (Meyerbeer): All' erta marinar  1113
Sonnambula (Bellini): Vi ravviso  1114
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Largo al factotum 1115

Columbia, New York 1902?
Trovatore (Verdi): Il balen  307
Non è ver (Mattei) 154

Columbia, New York 1903
Faust (Gounod): Dio dell'or 1237

Columbia (discs & cylinders), New York 1904
Martha  (Flotow): Solo, profugo with Ferruccio Giannini 1771 A543





1 comment:

  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you my Friend for sharing this Valuable Biographical information.

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