Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Nov 1, 2011

Aristodemo Giorgini (Tenor) (Naples 1879 – Naples 1937)







He studied at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and with Massimo Perilli in Naples. He made his debut in 1903 (?) and already in 1904 he appeared at La Scala as Ernesto in ‘’Don Pasquale‘’. He had a significant career in the leading Italian theatres; in 1910 he sang with great success at La Scala as Elvino in ‘’La Sonnambula’’ as a partner of Rosina Storchio. Already in 1905 he appeared at Covent Garden as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’ and as Rodolfo in  ‘’La Bohème ‘’. In 1907 he guested at the Teatro Regio in Parma in Mascagni’s ‘’Amico Fritz’’ and sang as Rodolfo in the 1908-09 season at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. In 1907 he was at the Teatro Politeama in Buenos Aires, in 1910 he gusted at the opera of Monte Carlo where he sang as Elvino in Bellini’s ‘’La Sonnambula’’ and as Almaviva in ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’. He appeared in all leading Italian opera houses, in Genoa, Naples, Florence and Trieste and sang at La Scala in 1913 in Verdi’s ‘‘Requiem’’. Successful guest performances followed at Teatro Liceo in Barcelona, at the Teatro Real in Madrid, at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon, at the opera houses of Warsaw and Russia (for example at the Sergei Zimin’s opera). From 1912 to 14 he was engaged by the Chicago Opera where he sang as Don Ottavio in ‘’Don Giovanni’’ and  many other lyrical tenor parts of the Italian repertoire. In 1920 he sang at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan in ‘’Mefistofele’’ of  Boito, in 1923 concert tour through Belgium and Holland. In 1921 he was to be heard again as a guest at the Vienna  State Opera. He appeared till 1930 and then lived as a pedagogue in Naples.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1904 Milano Teatro alla Scala Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1904 Novara Teatro Faraggiana Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1905 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1906 San Pietroburgo Teatro Nuovo Conservatorio Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1906 San Pietroburgo Nuovo Conservatorio Linda di Chamonix (Visconte)
1906 Brescia Teatro Grande Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1907 Genova Politeama Genovese Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1907 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1907 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1907 Firenze Teatro Verdi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1908 La Corugna Teatro Rosalia Mefistofele (Faust)
1909 Palermo Teatro Massimo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1909 Livorno Politeama Boheme (Rodolfo)
1911 Montecarlo Grand Theatre Linda di Chamonix (Visconte)
1912 Bari Teatro Piccinni Favorita (Fernando)
1912 Padova Teatro Verdi Mefistofele (Faust)
1913 Philadelphia Teatro Metropolitan Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1913 Chicago Civic Opera House Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1913 Chicago Civic Opera House Boheme (Rodolfo)
1913 Chicago Civic Opera House Gioconda (Enzo)
1914 Baltimora Opera House Boheme (Rodolfo)
1915 Genova Politeama Genovese Favorita (Fernando)
1915 Verona Teatro Nuovoc Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1915 Pavia Teatro Fraschini Mefistofele (Faust)
1920 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Mefistofele (Faust)


RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






G&T, Milano 1904-12
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia  52168 2355L
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle 52170 2356L
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea): L'anima ho stanca 52174 2360L
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 052084 230m   

G&T, Milano 1905-08?
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Sogno soave e casto  2-52421 6987b
Sonnambula (Bellini): Prendi, l'anel ti dono 52194 7008½b
Favorita (Donizetti): Spirito gentil 052106 529c
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Cercherò lontana terra  52197 7018b
Puritani (Bellini): A te o cara 2-52423 7031b

G&T, Milano 1906-10
Favorita (Donizetti): Una vergine un angelo di dio 2-52565 9075b
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Com'è gentil 052149 801c

G&T, Milano 1906-10/11
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Quant'è bella 2-52564 4735h
Sonnambula (Bellini): Son geloso with Maria Galvany 054122 904c
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Tornami a dir with Maria Galvany 054111 549i
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Chiedi all'aura with Maria Galvany 054110 551i

G&T, Milano 1907-10?
Favorita (Donizetti): Pietoso al par d'un nome with Bianca Lavin de Casas 054196 1284c
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima 052208 1287c

Gramophone, Milano 1908-05
Pescatori di perle (Bizet): Della mia vita 2-52664 11193b
Puritani (Bellini): A una fonte 2-52691 11218b
Traviata (Verdi): Dei miei bollenti spiriti  052240 1490c
Bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina 052232 1482½c

Gramophone, Milano 1909-05-11
Sonnambula (Bellini): D'un pensiero with Giuseppina  Huguet 054250 1845c

Edison 4-min cylinders, USA? 1910?
Favorita (Donizetti): Spirto gentil 30030
Manon (Massenet): Ah!  fuyez douce image 30031
Pescatori di perle (Bizet): Mi par d'udire ancora 30032 BA 28199
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima 30037
Martha (Flotow): M'appari 30040 BA 28132 
Boheme (Puccini): O Mimi tu piu non torni with Oreste Benedetti 35017

Pathe, Milano 1912?
La paloma (Yradier) 84419
Voce e notte (de Curtis) 84437
Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi, dai prati 86241
Mefistofele (Boito): Giunto sul passo estremo 86242
Boheme (Puccini): In poverta mia lieta 86259
Fanciulla del West (Puccini):  Ch'ella mi creda 86260
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Com' e gentil 86262
Pescatori di perle (Bizet): Del tempio al limitar with Romano Rasponi 86263
Duca d'Alba (Donizetti): Angelo casto e bello 86266
Martha (Flotow): M'appari 86269

Pathe, Milano 1914?
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Fra poco a me 86415

HMV, Milano 1924-12-19
Bohème (Puccini): In povertà mia lieta...Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Ch'ella mi creda...Tosca (Puccini): O dolci mani S5004 2-0252037

HMV, Milano 1925-06-08
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella R5199 7-252452
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile R5199  7-252453
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia R5181 7-252441

HMV, Milano 1925-06-09
Traviata (Verdi): Un di, felice with Margherita Salvi R5211 7-254170
Traviata (Verdi): Parigi, o cara with Margherita Salvi R5211 7-254171

HMV, Milano 1925-06-10
Pescatori di perle (Bizet): Mi par d'udire ancora R5215 7-252457
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle Gramophone R5181 7-252442

HMV, Milano 1925-06-13 (ac)
Puritani (Bellini): A te, o cara R5205 7-252455
Traviata (Verdi): Libiamo, libiamo with Lucia Fella R5197 7-254167
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Quanto e bella R5217  7-252459
Pescatori di perle (Bizet): Della mia vita  R5215 7-252458

HMV, Milano 1926-10-05
Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri monti with Albertina Dal Monte 54437-254200

HMV, Milano 1928
Complete Boheme (Puccini) with Ernesto Badini,  Rosina Torri,Thea Vitulli, Luigi Manfrini and Aristide Baracchi 



















 

1 comment:

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

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