Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Oct 13, 2011

Taurino Parvis (Baritone) (Turin 1879 - Barcelona 1957)

He studied in Milan with Vanni. Probably he made his debut in 1900 at the Teatro Lirico in Rio de Janeiro as Kyoto in ‘’Iris’’. In 1901 he sang at the Teatro Carignano in Turin as Marcello in Puccini’s ‘’La Boheme’’. Then appearances followed at the Teatro Nazionale in Bucharest and at the  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Turin (1902). From 1904 to 1906 he was a member of the Metropolitan opera, New York (beginning role: Enrico in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’). In 1908 he appeared at La Scala, Milan in the premiere of Mancinelli’s opera ‘’Paolo e Francesca’’. In 1917 he again sang at La Scala, Milan. Here he appeared together with Ninon Vallin in the premiære of Wolf-Ferrari’s opera ‘’Segreto di Susanna’’. In the 1926-27 season he performed once more at La Scala, Milan in the premiere of the opera ‘’Delitto e Castigo’’ of Arrigo Pedrollo. Already in 1920 he guested at the Teatro Nacional in Havana. During the 1920s Parvis with great success appeared at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. There  he appeared in 1922 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Il Piccolo Marat’’ of Mascagni and in 1923  in ‘’I Compagnacci’’ of  Primo Riccitelli. In 1925 he sang again at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome in the premiere of Zandonai’s opera ‘’I Cavalieri di Ekebu’’. In 1929 he gave up his career in and sat down in Turin as a lawyer. He was active later in Spain as representative of Italian film societies. In the second marriage he was married with the widow of the tenor and architect Peppino Rosselini (the mother of the composer Renzo Rosselini and the famous director Roberto Rosselini); from this marriage he had a daughter.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Lirico Iris (Kyoto)
1901 Turin Teatro Carignano Boheme (Marcello)
1902 Turin Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Manon Lescaut (Lescaut)
1904 New York Metropolitan Opera Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1908 Milan La Scala Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1911 Milan La Scala I Figli del Re (Suonatore di Violino)
1917 Milan La Scala Elisir d'amore (Belcore)
1917 Buenos Aires Teatro Colon Tosca (Scarpia)
1927 Milan La Scala Boheme (Marcello)



Columbia, New York 1905?
Carmen (Bizet): Canzone del toreador A543 3140
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Si puo? 3141, 30000
Occhi di fata (Denza) 3080
Mattinata (Leoncavallo) 3159 A530
Don Giovanni (Mozart): La ci darem with Gina Ciaparelli A 5026 30030
Ernani (Verdi): Da quel dì with Gina Ciaparelli 30032 A5025
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Sei la with Gina Ciaparelli 30035 A5011
Ernani (Verdi): O de verd'anni miei 3113
Trovatore (Verdi): Mira d'acerbe with Gina Ciaparelli (orch) 3524

Columbia, Milano 1906?
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Deh vieni all finestra C121 10588
Otello (Verdi): Era la notte A715 10595
Africana (Meyerbeer): Adamastor re dell A715 10597
Favorita (Donizetti): Vien Leonora 10577
Forza del destino (Verdi): Son Pereda 10593
Otello (Verdi): Credo 10595
Morremo (attr Mozart) with Gina Ciaparelli-Viafora  A528

Zonophone, New York 1905?
La serenata (Tosti) 12507

Zonophone, New York 1906?
Favorita (Donizetti): Ah, l'alto ardor with Eugenia Mantelli I 5995 12572
Don Giovanni (Mozart): La ci darem la mano with Eugenia Mantelli I 6013 12573
Mignon (Thomas): Leggiadre rondinelle with Eugenia Mantelli I 6014 12574
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Dunque io son with Eugenia Mantelli I 6015 12575

Columbia, Milano 1908?
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): Ai miei rivali cedere D 4118 10800
Ti vorrei rapire (Gastaldon) D 4211 10813
Musica proibita (Gastaldon) C737 10814

Pathe, Milano 1913?
Ernani (Verdi): Da quel di che t'ho veduta 86373 10114
Otello (Verdi): Era la notte 86376

Columbia, Milano 1913?
Bohème (Puccini): O Mimì tu più non torni with Giuseppe Armanini D9287 11378
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Addio fiorito asil with Giuseppe Armanini D5556 11386
Ballo in maschera (Verdi) Eri tu Columbia 11390

Favorita (Donizetti): Vien Leonora 82176-L 6172 A
L'ultima canzone (Tosti) 82552-R 6194 B
Ridonami la calma! 82167-R 6196 B
Trovatore (Verdi): Mira d'acerbe lagrime with Marie Rappold PA 29015 82573


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

  2. Hi: Excellent website. Thank you! I do not see a record that I have, Mattinata, Columbia 3159, which according to my record serial number dating guide would be from 1905. Is it known?

    1. Hi, thank you for your good words about my site. Yes, yes, you are right, I have no that record, which made in 1905 for Columbia 3159, A530, New York. Are you collector?

    2. I forgot to mention that the artist on 3159 is Taurino Parvis. I have a small collection of early recordings, including opera.

  3. Taurino Parvis is my grandfather. He was married to my grandmother Gladys Slaughter and they had a child, Gioconda who is my mother. I have a photo of my grandmother and Giuliette Parvis, who was Taurino's Mother,

    1. Thanks a lot for your comment, if you have in JPG format that photos I will add here
      All the best

    2. Hello Michael. Michael the relatives of Taurino Parivs from Italy want to talk with you, please give me your email to give it them.
      All the best