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Oct 30, 2011
Alfredo Brondi (Bass) (Ferrara 1874 - Milan 1828)
He began his education with maestro Squarzoni in Ferrara and then in Milan with Cesare Rossi. In 1897 he debuted at the Teatro Sociale in Asolo in ‘’Poliuto’’ of Donizetti. He had a successful career in the leading Italian opera houses. In 1910 he appeared at La Scala as Rodolfo in ‘’Sonnambula’’. At the Teatro Dal Verme he appeared in 1908 as Colline in Puccini’s ‘’La Bohème’’ and as Pogner in ‘’Meistersingers’’. He achieved big success also at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and in 1911 at the Teatro Dal Verme in Rome (as Rodolfo in ‘’Sonnambula’’). Also abroad he made successful guest performances and sang among other things in 1906 at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon. In 1913 he appeared at the Teatro Regio in Turin, as well as at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona (as Ramphis in ‘’Aida’’). In 1914 he sang at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona in ‘’Lohengrin’’. In 1915 he appeared at Pisa in ‘’Mefistofele’’ of Boito.
Chronology of some appearances
1897 Asolo Teatro Sociale Poliuto (Callistene)
1908 Milan Teatro Dal Verme Boheme (Colline)
1910 Milan La Scala Sonnambula (Rodolfo)
1911 Rome Teatro Dal Verme Sonnambula (Rodolfo)
1906 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo Rigoletto (Sparafucile)
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1906?
Vecchia zimarra 7092
Abbietta zingara 7102 M567
Zonophone, USA 1907?
Aida (Verdi): Scena
del Giudizio with Virginia Colombati 24024
Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1908/1909
Piff, paff 37203 xM 521
Vi ravviso 37274 xM 576
Infelice e tu credevi 37333 xM
Fia vero with Giuseppe Bergonzini 37776 xM 1286