Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Dec 25, 2011

Giulio Rossi (Bass) (Rome 1862 – Varese 1934)



He studied with Oreste Tomassoni in Rome and made his debut in 1887 in Parma in the opera ‘’Jone’’ of  E. Petrella. He soon appeared in the big Italian theaters and appeared in 1892 at La Scala, where in 1894 he performed in the premiere of A. Franchetti’s ‘’Fior d'Alpe’’ and in 1897 in ‘’Il Signor di Pourceaugnac’’ of the same composer. In 1903 he sang at La Scala in concert performance of  ‘’Parsifal’’. Already in 1889 he had taken part in a South America tour of the prima donna Adelina Patti; in 1897 he appeared again in South America. Tours led him also to England, Spain and Russia. In 1908 he was appointed to the Metropolitan opera in New York (debut as king in ‘’Aida’’) and remained their till 1919 appearing also in the Sunday Night Concerts. Here he performed also as Sid in the premiere of Puccini’s ‘’La Fanciulla del West’’ (10. 12. 1910) and in "The Canterbury Pilgrims" of R. de Kovens (1917); he helped in the American premières of the operas ‘’La Wally’’ (1909), ‘’Le Donne curiose’’ of Wolf-Ferrari (1910), ‘’Boris Godunov’’ (1913 as Nikitich), ‘’Germania’’ of Franchetti (1910), ‘’L'Oracolo’’ of  Leoni (1915) and ‘’Marouf’’ (1917).

Chronology of some appearances

1895  Teatro Costanzi Roma ‘’I Lombardi alla prima Crociata’’ with Evan Gorga, Elisa Ferrari and Tobia Bertini

1896 Teatro Costanzi Roma "La bohème’’ with Enrico Giannini-Grifoni, Maria Stuarda Savelli, Camilla Pasini, Maurizio Bensaude,  Arturo Cerratelli and Leopoldo Cromberg

1899 Teatro Regio Torino "Tannhäuser with Orazio Cosentino, Eugnio Giraldoni, Fausta Labia, Maria Fiori and Emanuele Bucalo

1901 Teatro Cressoni Como ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’ with Americo Stampanoni, Luisa Tetrazzini, Edoardo Sottolana and Arcangelo Rossi

1901 Teatro Comunale Bologna ‘’Mefistofele’’ with Alessandro Ravazzolo, Fausta Labia, Vincenzo Montanari and Anna Giacomini

1903 Teatro Goldoni  Livorno ‘’Guglielmo Ratcliff’’ with Francesco Signorini, Elisa Allegri and Virgilio Bellatti

1903 La Scala Milan ‘’Parsifal’’ with Bice Silvestri, Giuseppe Borgatti and Angelo Scandiani

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Zonophone, Milano 1903-04?
Simone Boccanegra (Verdi): Il lacerato spirito X-2534
Faust (Gounod): No, tu non dei pregar... Rammenta i lieti di X-2535
Parsifal (Wagner): Racconto di Gurnemanz X-2551

G&T, Milano 1906-05?
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti): Vieni, la mia vendetta 2-52521 8004b




















1 comment:

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

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