Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Dec 29, 2011

Attilio Salvaneschi (Tenor) (Livorno 1873 - Hague 1938)



After singing with mostly minor Italian opera houses for some years, Salvaneschi toured North America in performances with Mario Lombardi's opera troupe in 1907. He was also heard that year in operas in Havana. He made appearances at the New German Theatre in Prague in 1908, 1910 and 1914. Also in 1914, he performed as a guest artist at the Odessa Opera, the Royal Swedish Opera, and the Teatro Corso in Bologna. For the 1914-1915 season, Salvaneschi was engaged at the Italian Opera in Holland. He returned briefly to Italy in early 1915 to portray the Duke of Mantua in Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto at La Fenice with Mario Sammarco in the title role. Due to the difficulties in Italy during World War I, he decided to return to Holland; working as a member of the Theatre Royal in The Hague from 1915-1919. He returned to Italy in 1919, and arrived at La Scala the following year. With the La Scala orchestra and chorus he notably recorded the role of Cavardossi in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca in 1920 with Carlo Sabajno conducting and Valentina Bartolomasi as the title heroine. In 1921 Salvaneschi found great success in a series of performances of the Duke of Mantua at a variety of theatres, including the Teatro Adriano in Rome and the rebuilt Teatro Verdi di Padova (with Toti dal Monte and Mattia Battistini). In 1924 he retired from the stage after an unsuccessful throat operation. He spent the next four years teaching singing in Italy, and then moved in 1928 he to The Hague where he continued to teach voice.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Aminta di A.Saibene
1905 Costarica Teatro Colon Stagione Compagnia Lambardi
1906 San Salvador  Teatro Colon Stagione Compagnia Lambardi
1907 Havana Teatro Tacon Stagione
1908 Spoleto Teatro Nuovo Mignon (Guglielmo)
1909 Bologna Teatro Verdi Faust (Faust)
1910 Praga Teatro Nazionale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1911 Bologna Teatro Verdi Mignon (Guglielmo)
1912 Faenza Teatro Masini Mignon (Guglielmo)
1913 Cremona Politeama Verdi Fra' Diavolo (Frа Diavolo)
1914 Havana Politeama Grande Carmen (Don Josи)
1915 Venezia Teatro La Fenice Rigoletto (Duca)
1916 'S-Gravenhage Gebouw Voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1917 'S-Gravenhage Koninklijke Schouwburg Manon (De Grieux)
1918 Mijmegen Opera Traviata (Alfredo)
1919 'S-Gravenhage Koninklijke Schouwburg Louise (Julien)
1920 Novara Teatro Coccia Werther (Werther)
1921 Sampierdarena Politeama Sampierdarenese Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1922 Bergamo Teatro Delle Societа Boheme (Rodolfo)
1923 Novara Teatro Coccia Manon (De Grieux)


RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Edison 4-min cylinders
Boheme (Puccini):  Che gelida manina  7519 BA22440
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Fra poco  a me ricovero  7531 BA22452

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano
Mignon (Thomas): Ah! non credevi tu  37785
Fra Diavolo (Auber): Agnese la zitella 82433
Iris (Mascagni): Apri la tua finestra 82432
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) Ecco ridente in cielo, pt 1 82428
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) Ecco ridente in cielo, pt 2  82429

Gramophone, Milano 1919
Complete Tosca (Puccini) with Valentina Bartolomasi, Adolfo Pacini and Ubaldo Ceccarelli 



1 comment:

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

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