Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Nov 26, 2011

Carmelo Maugeri (Baritone) (Catania 1889 - ? 1986)


                                              Don Ferrante in ‘’La Farsa Amorosa’’



He studied at the Conservatorio Tartzini in Trieste, then with Matteo Adernò in Catania. Debuted in 1911 at the Teatro Bellini in Catania as Alfio in ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’. After guest performances in different italian stages and in Lisbon he became in the First World War for some time a soldier in the Italian army. From 1917 to 1919 he sang at  the Teatro Carcano in Milan and guested in the 1918-1919 season at the Teatro Lirico in Barcelona. In 1921 he sang at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, in 1923 at the Teatro Regio in Parma as Tebaldo in ‘’Giulietta e Romeo’’ of Zandonai. In 1921 he had significant success at the Teatro Massimo in  Palermo. He became especially as an interpreter of the baritone parts in the operas of Riccardo Zandonai, especially he was famous as Giancotto in ‘’Francesca da  Rimini’’ (this role he sang almost in all big Italian stages). On 14. 2. 1922 he sang at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome in the premiere of Zandonai’s ‘’Giulietta e Romeo’’ under the management of the composer. In 1929 he sang at La Scala in ‘’Francesca da Rimini’’  of Zandonai. He appeared at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome in the premiere of the opera ‘’Dafni’’ of Giuseppe Mulè (14. 3. 1928), ‘’La Farsa amorosa’’ of Zandonai (22. 2. 1933) and ‘’Cecilia’’ of Licinio Refice (15. 2. 1934). Later he moved himself to the Buffo field and was for long years one of the leading Italian representatives of this vocal type.

Chronology of some appearances

1911 Catania Teatro Bellini Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1914 Pisa Teatro Verdi Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1916 Madrid Teatro Zarzuela Pagliacci (Silvio)
1919 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Fra' Diavolo (Rockburg)
1922 Roma Teatro dell'Opera Giulietta e Romeo di R.Zandonai (Tebaldo)
1926 Venezia Teatro La Fenice Amore Dei Tre Re di I.Montemezzi (Manfredo)
1929 Piacenza Teatro Municipale Fanciulla Del West (Rance)
1932  Roma Teatro dell'Opera Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1934 Roma Teatro dell'Opera Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1937 Roma Teatro dell'Oprea Dafni di G.Mulæ (Sileno)
1940 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice La Farsa Amorosa di R.Zandonai (Don Ferrante)
1945 Trieste Teatro Verdi Francesca da Rimini (Giovanni)
1950 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice L'osteria Portoghese di L.Cherubini
1956 Milano Eiar Zaide di W.A.Mozart (Osmino)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE


 






Columbia, Milano 1927
Favorita (Donizetti): Vieni Leonora D 5747 B 1611

Columbia, Milano 1928/1929
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Bella siccome un angelo D5930 WB 2179
Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Minnie dalla mia casa D 5931 B 2186
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Resta immobile D5931 WB2187
Fedora (Giordano): La donna russa DQ 275 B 2189

1 comment:

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

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