Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Nov 29, 2011

Mario (Marius) Gilion (Tenor) (? 1870 - Marseille, France 1914)

He came from the South of France. He made his debut  in 1901 (?) at the Teatro Sociale of Monza as Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer’s ‘’L’africana’’. Still in the same 1901 he had big success in Modena as Raoul in ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’ and as Arnoldo in Rossini’s ‘’Guglielmo Tell’’, his both star roles. In 1901 he guested at the Royal Opera of Budapest, then at the opera houses of Venice, Genoa and Turin. Other appearances -  In 1904 he appeared in Bucharest, in 1905 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, in Odessa, together with Mattia Battistini he created sensation at the Opera House of Warsaw in ‘’Guglielmo Tell''. In 1907 he sang at the Teatro Politeama in Buenos Aires, in 1910 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice  and in 1911 at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli. From 1910 to 1911 he appeared as a heroic tenor at the Paris Grand Opera again as Arnoldo in ‘’Guglielmo Tell’’ of Rossini and as Radames in ‘’Aida’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Verona Teatro Ristori Trovatore (Manrico)
1903 Cremona  Teatro Ponchielli Trovatore (Manrico)
1903 La Spezia  Politeama Duca di Genova Trovatore (Manrico)
1905 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Guglielmo Ratcliff (Guglielmo)
1905 Odessa Teatro Municipale Tannhauser (Tannhasuer)
1905 Odessa Teatro Municipale Trovatore (Manrico)
1905 Odessa Teatro Municipale Ugonotti (Raoul)
1906 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Trovatore (Manrico)
1906 Firenze Teatro Verdi Trovatore (Manrico)
1906 Madrid  Teatro Reale Trovatore (Manrico)
1906 Trieste Teatro Verdi Trovatore (Manrico)
1907 Buenos Ayres Politeama Argentino Trovatore (Manrico)
1907 Buenos Ayres Politeama Argentino Ugonotti (Raoul)
1909 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Guglielmo Ratcliff (Guglielmo)
1909 Siviglia Teatro San Ferdinand Trovatore (Manrico)
1909 Genova  Politeama Genovese Trovatore (Manrico)
1910 Brescia Teatro Sociale Trovatore (Manrico)
1911 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Trovatore (Manrico)
1912 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Trovatore (Manrico)



Fonotipia, Milano 1906-05-05
Guglielmo Tell (Rossini): Corriam, corriam  39656 xph1853 

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-05-10
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira  39654 xPh 1858
Guglielmo Tell (Rossini): O muto asil  39655  xPh 1859

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-05-11
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si, ben mio  39653  xPh 1860

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-09-27
Germania (Franchetti): Studenti, udite  39801 xph353

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-09-29
Juive (Halevy): Rachele, allor iddio… 39815 xPh 2098
Juive (Halevy): Dio m'ispira 39816 xPh 2097

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-10-02
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Un di all'azzurro  39802 xph354
Trovatore (Verdi): Tace la notte…Deserto sulla terra with Francesco Maria Bonini 39812 XPh2109

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-10-03
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Francesco Maria Bonini 39811 XPh2111

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-04-30
Siberia (Giordano): Orride steppe  92238 xph3291
Sansone et Dalila (Saint-Saens):  Figli miei 92239 xph3292
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 92241 xPh 3293
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Colpito qui m'avete 92242 xPh 3296
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): E volli pien d'amore pregar! 92243 XPh3297

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-05-02
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira  92632 xPh 3305

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-05-04
Norma (Bellini): Meco all'altar di venere 92247 xph3320

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-05-05
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Di'tu se fedele 92246 xph3326

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-05-07
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior  74173 xPh 4394 

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-05-08
Carmen (Bizet): Ah! mi parla di lei with Ersilde Cervi-Caroli   92248 XPh3340
Carmen (Bizet): Ti baciava mia madre with Ersilde Cervi-Caroli  92249 XPh3341

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-09-26
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with Amelia Talexis & chorus 92406 XPh3431
Germania (Franchetti): Studenti udite 92257 xph3434
Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre addio 92661 xph3435

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-09-28
Juive (Halevy): Rachele che allor iddio  92256 xPh 3436
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si, ben mio  92631 xPh 3437 

Fonotipia, Milano 1910-10-11
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Domenico Viglione Borghese 92663 XPh4367
Trovatore (Verdi): Tace la notte... Deserto sulla terra with Domenico Viglione Borghese 92664 XPh4368
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Corriam, corriam 92684 xPh369
Tannhauser (Wagner): Te vo lodar 92762 XPh4371

Fonotipia, Milano 1910-10-15
Profeta (Meyerbeer): Beviamo, che tutto spiri  92659 xPh 4382
Profeta (Meyerbeer): Sopra Berta 92660  xPh 4383 
Don Carlo (Verdi): Io la vidi al suo sorriso 92761 XPh4385
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Ma se m'è la forza perderti 92662 XPh4384

Fonotipia, Milano 1910-10-17
Jone (Petrella): O Jone di quest'anima  92686 xph4387
Walkure (Wagner): Cede il vemo ai rai  92744 XPh4388

Fonotipia, Milano 1910-10-18
Guglielmo Tell (Rossini): O muto asil 92683xPh 4389
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer): Bianca al par  92685 xph4390

Fonotipia, Milano 1910-10-21
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Addio alla madre  74174 xph4394

Fonotipia, Milano 1910-12-03
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens): S'apre per te il mio cor with Nini Frascani 92855 XPh4431
Trovatore (Verdi): Si, la stanchezza... Ai nostri monti with Nini Frascani 92856  XPh4433

Fonotipia, Milano 1910-12-06
Canzone Guerresca (Girdano)  92763 xph4442


Vittorio Lois (Tenor) (Padova 1888 - Milano 1962)

He made his debut in 1912 at the Teatro Sociale in Crema in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’. He was a member of traveling Italian opera societies. With this opera societies he sang in Australia and in Singapore. He also guested at  the Coliseo Recrejos in Lisbon (1929) and at the Royal Opera House in Malta (1923). In 1925 he appeared in the festival at the arena of Verona as Enzo in ‘’Gioconda’’. His career was impaired by a progressive eye complaint which led, in the end, to his complete loss of sight.

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Milano Teatro Dal Verme  Boheme (Rodolfo)
1916 Melbourne Princess Theater  Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1918 Singapore  Opera House  Boheme (Rodolfo)
1920  Wellington Grand Opera House  Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1923 Sampierdarena Politeama Sampierdarenese Traviata (Alfredo)
1925 Amsterdam Hollande Schouwburg  Pagliacci (Canio)
1927 Brescia Teatro Grande    Trovatore (Manrico)
1929 Parma Politeama Reinach Trovatore (Manrico)
1931 Montecarlo Teatro del Casinò  Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1934  Trieste Politeama Rossetti Trovatore (Manrico)
1937  Rovigo Teatro Sociale  Traviata (Alfredo)
1939  Messina Cinema Impero Norma (Pollione)



HMV, Milano 1929-06-28
Aida (Verdi): Quest’assisa with Benvenuto Franci, Guglielmo Masini and Luisa Lucini DB1320 32-603

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-10-27
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si, ben mio 6054 168197 b
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira 6054 168197 a

Fonotipia, Milano 1930-03-20
Guglielmo Tell (Rossini): Allor che scorre with Massimo Andreoli and Albino Marone F 5603 172077 a
Guglielmo Tell (Rossini): Troncar i suoi di with Massimo Andreoli and Albino Marone F 5603 172077 b

Fonotipia/Odeon, Milano 1930-03-21
Guglielmo Tell (Rossini): Corriam, corriam 3762 168283 b
Guglielmo Tell (Rossini): Ah! Matilde io t'amo with  Massimo Andreoli F 5604 172078 a

Fonotipia/Odeon, Milano 1930-03-22
Guglielmo Tell (Rossini): O muto asil 3762 168283 a

Fonotipia, Milano 1930-03-26
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Brindisi F 5614 172105 b

Fonotipia, Milano 1930-03-27
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Tu qui Santuzza with Hilde Monti F 23001 XXPh 6595
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): No no Turiddu with Hilde Monti F 23001  XXPh 6597

Fonotipia, Milano 1930-03-29
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Siciliana F 5614 172105 a

Nov 28, 2011

Antonio Aramburo (Tenor) (Erla, Zaragoza 1840 – Montevideo 1912)

He studied in Madrid with Antonio Cordero and made his debut in 1871 at the Teatro Carcano in Milan in ‘’Saffo’’. The next year Aramburo was in Venice, where at the Teatro Comploy he performed as Pollione in ‘’Norma’’. Guest appearances followed in Dublin (1873), Buenos Aires (1874), Moscow (1875), Paris (1876), Seville (1879), Havana (1881), Berlin (1882), Santiago (1883), Warsaw (1887) and Odessa (1892). In 1879 Aramburo first appeared in New York at the Academy of Music in "Rigoletto," "Lucia di Lammermoor," and "Il Trovatore." The tenor then left the U.S. in a rage after receiving poor reviews in the New York "Herald," and went off to fulfill a contract at La Scala. Aramburo considered himself one of the six leading tenors of Europe. After his retirement he lived in Montevideo where he and made Aramburo Cylinders.

Chronology of some appearances

1872 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Favorita (Fernando)
1873 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Favorita (Fernando)
1874 Buenos Ayres Opera Favorita (Fernando)
1877 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Favorita (Fernando)
1877 Montevideo Teatro Solis Norma (Pollione)
1877 Montevideo Teatro Solis Poliuto (Poliuto)
1877 Montevideo Teatro Solis Rigoletto (Duca)
1879 Siviglia Teatro San Ferdinand Poliuto (Poliuto)
1879 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Poliuto (Poliuto)
1879 New York  Academy of Music Rigoletto (Duca)
1880 Torino  Teatro Regio Trovatore (Manrico)
1882 Praga Neustadter Rigoletto (Duca)
1882 Madrid Teatro Lirico Trovatore (Manrico)
1883 Montevideo Teatro Solis Poliuto (Poliuto)
1889 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Favorita (Fernando)
1889 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Trovatore (Manrico)



(Cylinders, Montevideo, 1901, Compania de Impressiones Fonograficas del celebre tenor Antonio Aramburo)
Africana (Meyerbeer): Ho veduto, signori 1
Aida (Verdi): La fatal pietra...Morir si pura e bella 3
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 5
Poliuto (Donizetti): D'un alma troppo fervida 21
Ave Maria (Luzzi) 29
La Partida (Alvarez) 35
Jone (Petrella) O Jone, di quest'anima 15
Ideale (Tosti) 45
La Forza del Destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ra with unknown baritone
Aida (Verdi): La fatal pietra

Otello (Verdi): Morte di Otello  Unpubl.

Nikolai Figner (Tenor) (Nikiforovka, near Kazan 1857 - Kiev, Ukraine 1918)

He joined the Russian Navy as a midshipman, and rose to the rank of lieutenant, retiring in 1881 to study voice with Vassily Samus, I. P. Pryanishnikov and Camillo Everardi at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. According to Antonio Cotogni Figner travelled to Italy, where he studied with E. De Roxas and F. Lamperti. He made his debut (1882) in Gounod's ''Filemone e Bauci'' in Napoli. In 1884 and 1886 he gained some stage experience in South America with Claudio Rossi's company. On 4 November 1886, in Turin, he sang the principal tenor role in the world premiere of the revised version of Alfredo Catalani's ''Edmea''; this was also the occasion of Arturo Toscanini's first appearance as a conductor in Italy after his initial triumph in South America. He made many successful appearances throughout Europe with his future wife, Medea Mei, before returning to St. Petersburg and the Imperial Opera, where both had enviable careers. They divorced in 1904. From 1882 to 1887 he has appeared at 46 theatres in 38 operas and became one of the famous European singers. He was the lead tenor at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg from 1887 to 1907. Here he performed at the premieres of Tchaikovsky's operas ''The Queen of Spades'' and ''Iolanta'', in the roles of Herman and Vaudemont respectively. In both cases Tchaikovsky wrote additional numbers at the tenor's request. From 1910 to 1915 he directed and sang at the opera theatre called National House. He lost most of his possessions during the Russian Revolution and died shortly thereafter. Tchaikovsky dedicated to Nikolai Figner Six Romances, Op. 73 (1893). He was also a friend of Giuseppe Verdi, who has appreciated him as Otello in his opera. Verdi was a frequent visitor of Figner's villa In Italy.

                                 Raoul in ''Gli Ugonotti'' with Medea Mei-Figner

Chronology of some appearances

1882 Napoli Teatro Sannazaro (Filemone e Bauci)
1882 Napoli Teatro Sannazaro (Faust)
1882 Napoli Teatro Sannazaro (Linda di Chamounix)
1884 Montevideo Teatro Solis (Rigoletto)
1884 Montevideo Teatro Solis (Favorita)
1885 Bergamo Teatro Riccardi (Favortia)
1885-1886 Parma Teatro Regio (Gioconda)
1885-1886 Parma Teatro Regio (Marion Delorme)
1885-1886 Parma Teatro Regio (Faust)
1886 San Paolo Teatro San Josè (Favortia)
1886 San Paolo Teatro San Josè (Traviata)
1886 San Paolo Teatro San Josè (Gli Ugonotti)
1886 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal (Aida)
1886 Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale (Gioconda)
1886 Turino Teatro Carignano (Edmea)
1887 London Covent Garden (Rigoletto)
1887 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre (Aida)
1887 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre (Faust)
1887 St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre (Gli Ugonotti)
1889 Moscow Private Theatre (Otello)



G&T, St. Petersburg 1901
You are my morning & They loved one another  (Wrangel) 22547 293x
In the garden shadows (Balabanov) 22548 294x
Oprichnik (Tchaikovsky): As before God and thee 22549 295x
The fateful moment (Tchaikovsky) 22554 325x
Dubrovsky (Napravnik): O give me oblivion 22555 326x
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 22556  370z
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Plus blanche 22594 444x
Bohème (Puccini): Chi son? Sono un poeta 22595 445x
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Siciliana - O Lola 22596 446x
Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre 22597 447x
I remember an evening (Cui) 22601 1532B
In my soul (Wrangel) 22602 1533B
Fra Diavolo (Auber): Barcarolle 22605 1588B
Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky): Forgive me, bright vision 22618 1589B
Ich hab’ im Traum geweinet (Schumann) 22667 1716B
Crucifix (J.-B. Fauré) with Medea Mei-Figner  24057 369x
Do not tempt me needlessly (Glinka) with Medea Mei-Figner  24058 370x
Seagull’s cry (Grodsky) with Medea Mei-Figner  24059 371x
Mefistofele (Boito): Lontano, lontano with Medea Mei-Figner  24060 372x
Dubrovski (Napravnik): Ne jamais la voir with Medea Mei-Figner  373x
Dubrovski (Napravnik): O give me oblivion  22555  367z

G&T, St. Petersburg 1903
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Plus blanche 022000  1y

Gramophone, St. Petersburg 1907
The North Star 3-22716  6409L
I love (Taskin) & Dream of love (Wrangel) 3-22717  6410L
The birches rustle gently (Verderevsky) 3-22718 6411L 
Ich hab’ im Traum geweinet (Schumann) 3-22719  6412L
Today for the last time (Soldier’s song) 3-22720  6413L
Si vous l’aviez compris (Denza) 3-22704  6422L
Tosca (Puccini): E luceven le stelle 3-22705  6427L
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 3-22706 6428L
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah! Leve-toi soleil 3-22707  6430L

Gramophone, St. Petersburg 1909
In the garden shadows (Balabanov) X-2-62481 6977r 
Why? (Tchaikovsky)  2-62482  6978r


Nov 27, 2011

Edgardo Gherlinzoni (Tenor) (Stellata di Bondeno 1876 - Ferrara 1961)

He learned at first the occupation of a shoemaker. then he took vocal lessons and debuted as an operetta singer. After additional study he turned to the opera making his debut in 1905 at the Teatro Carignano of  Turin as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’. His star role was Arturo in Bellini’s ‘’I Puritani’’ which he sang in 1908 at the Teatro Real in Madrid as a partner of Graziella Pareto. He also appeared at the Conservatory of St. Petersburg, at the opera theatres of Cairo, Brussels and Warsaw. Nevertheless, his stage activity did not last much longer than 18 years; his big stage roles were Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’, Rodolfo in ‘’La Bohème’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Enzo in ‘’La Gioconda’’. After the First World War, in 1918 he finished his career and became a businessman, but without success. Then he lived in Ferrara, last in the most poor relations, given singing lessons and still appeared in concerts. In the end, he was taken up in an old people's home.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 Turin Teatro Carignano Rigoletto (Duke)
1908 Madrid Teatro Real Puritani (Arturo)
1909 Conservatory St. Petersburg Puritani (Arturo)
1910 Rovigo Teatro Sociale Mefistofele(Faust)
1911 Bologna Teatro Verdi Puritani (Arturo)
1912 Rimini Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Mefistofele (Faust)
1913 Novara Teatro Coccia Traviata (Alfredo)
1914 Pistoia Politeama Mabellini Puritani (Arturo)
1915 Messina Teatro Mastroieni Puritani (Arturo)
1916 Modena Teatro Storchi Puritani (Arturo)



Columbia, Milano
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Finale, act 3, pt 1 with Omodei, Rossato & Migliardi D9239 10916
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Finale, act 3, pt 2 with Omodei, Rossato & Migliardi D9239 10917
Bohème (Puccini): O Mimì, tu più with Ercole Omodei D9263 10920
Puritani (Bellini): Vieni fra queste braccia with Adele Pasini  D1599 10941
Bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina D 17506 74708
Rigoletto (Verdi): E' il sol dell'anima with Adele Pasini  C2043 10942
Rigoletto (Verdi): Un di, se ben rammentomi...Bella figlia dell'amore D4261 10980
Mascotte (Audran): L'ambito fin, raggiunto io l'ho D 4296 11098
Moschettieri al Convento: Saria mai ver D 4296 11100
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar D17506 74709


Gaetano Tommasini (Tenor) (Salerno 1883 - ?)

                                                         Andrea Chenier

He made his debut in 1908 at the Teatro Civico in Saluzzo. Since approximately 1920,  he started to appear in USA no only in opera performances, but also in concerts. In a 1924 Boston broadcast of ‘’Il Trovatore’’,  the manager announced that the tenor couldn't continue after the second act and a messenger would be sent to get Gaetano Tommasini, to replace him.  Having heard the announcement in his hotel room, Tommasini arrived before the messenger left.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Saluzzo Teatro Civico Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1913 Venice Teatro La Fenice Fanciulla del West (Johnson)
1915 Roma Teatro Costanzi Forza del Destino (Alvaro)
1918 Torino Politeama Chiarella Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1921 New York Teatro Lexington Aida (Radames)
1922 Los Angeles Philarmonic AuditoriumAida (Radames)
1924 Vancouver Teatro Orpheum Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1926 New Orleans Teatro Tulane Aida (Radames)
1927 Los Angeles Auditorium Aida (Radames)
1929 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Amica (Giorgio)



Gramophone, Milano 1911-06-20
Traviata (Verdi): Che gli diro...Amami Alfredo with Claudia Muzio 54456 1165ah

Gramophone, Milano 1911-07-31
Africaine (Meyerbeer): O mia Selika with Rinalda  Pavoni 054334 362aj
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Dite piu bella imagine with Rinalda Pavoni 054332 365aj

Gramophone, Milano 1913-06-03
Ernani (Verdi): Uscite!...Vedi come il buon vegliardo with Mattia Battistini, Elvira Barbieri and Vincenzo Bettoni 054450 2813 ½c

Columbia, Milano 1913/1914
Aida (Verdi): Qual insolita luce with Andreian Beinat E1935 41832
Aida (Verdi): Vieni o diletto, appressati with Lia Remondini and Andreina Beinat E1935 41833
Aida (Verdi): Fuggiam da queste mura with Lia  Remondini D5571 41834
Aida (Verdi): O terra addio with Lia Remondini  E 2097 41838
Aida (Verdi): Su del Nilo with Andreina Beinat,  Lia Remondini, Vincenzo Bettoni and Luigi Baldassari  D5560 41836
Aida (Verdi): Nume, custode e vindice with Ester Toninello and Vincenzo Bettoni D 5562 41835
Faust (Gounod): Allor che lieve ebbrezza with  Eugenia Lopez Nuñes & Vincenzo Bettoni D4517 42063
Faust (Gounod): Permettereste a me with Gilda Dalla Rizza & Eugenia Lopez Nuñes D4517 42064 

Columbia, Milano
O sole, luna mare (Di Salvo) Columbia E 5241 59712

Wanda Bardone (Soprano) (Cairo 1902 – Rome 1997)

She made her debut in 1923 in Cairo as Gilda. She has appeared primarily in Italian provincial stages, in any case, she has not sung at La Scala and only once, in 1925, at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome (as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’).

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Cairo (Teatro Khedivale ?)
1925 Rome (Teatro Costanzi)
1927 Genova (Politeama Genovese)



Pathe, Milano 1926?
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Sulla tomba with Aureliano Pertile 15296 88361
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Verranno a te with Aureliano Pertile 15296 88539

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-01-19
Amico Fritz (Mascagni): Duetto delle ciliege P1, P2 with Giovanni Manuritta 120035aXXPh 5849
Amico Fritz (Mascagni): Duetto delle ciliege P2 with Giovanni Manuritta 120035b XXPh 5850
Traviata (Verdi): Scena della borsa part1 with Ferdinando Ciniselli, Aristide Baracchi, Ida Mannarini, Giuseppe Nessi, Giuseppe Menni and Giulio Fregosi 120076 XXPh 6067
Traviata (Verdi): Scena della borsa part 2 with Ferdinando Ciniselli, Aristide Baracchi, Ida Mannarini, Giuseppe Nessi, Giuseppe Menni and Giulio Fregosi 120076 XXPh 6068

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-05-14
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Sorge il tremendo fantasma 120052 xxPh 5901
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Ardon gl’incensi 120052 xxPh 5902

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-05-25
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell’amore with Giulio Fregosi, Aureliano Pertile and Irene Minghini-Cattaneo 120047 XXPh 5970
Rigoletto (Verdi): V’ho ingannato colpevole ful with Giulio Fregosi XXPh5973 XXPh 5973

Victor, USA  1927-02-09
Norma (Bellini): Casta Diva Victor 68908-A

Laura Del Lungo (Mezzo-Soprano) (Rome 1883 - Milan 1922)

She made her debut at the Teatro Unione in Viterbo, 1906. She was subsequently a leading singer at the Khediviale in Cairo for several seasons, in addition to being heard in various Italian houses in operas such as ‘’Aida’’, ‘’Carmen’’, ‘’Mignon’’, ‘’Lohengrin’’, ‘’Favorita’’, and Mascagni’s ‘’Parisina’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Viterbo Teatro Unione Fra' Diavolo (Pamela)
1909 Brescia Teatro Grande Erodiade (Erodiade)
1914 Livorno Teatro Goldoni Parisina di P.Mascagni (Stella)
1916 Bologna Teatro Del Corso Mignon (Mignon)
1922 Lecce Politeama Greco Ivan di P. La Rotella


Phonodisc Mondial, Milano 1908/1909
Rigoletto (Verdi): Quartetto P.I° with Giuseppe Acerbi, Linda Brambilla and Luigi Baldassarri 165
Rigoletto (Verdi): II° with Giuseppe Acerbi, Linda Brambilla and Luigi Baldassarri 166
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): Dal suo labbro with Ernesto Caronna 364
Favorita (Donizetti): O mio Fernando 16

Fonotipia Milano, 11-10-10
Aida (Verdi): Di Napata Le gole with Icilio Calleja, Domenico Viglione Borghese and Ester Mazzoleni 92673  XPh 4366

Fonotipia Milano, 1914-03-01
Parisina (Mascagni): Stella, O tristo, tristo with Alessandro  Dolci 69131XPh 5053
Parisina (Mascagni): O Parisina Malatesta 69132  XPh 5054

Fonotipia Milano, 1914-04-25
Parisina (Mascagni): Giungesti in punto with Alessandro Dolci 74180 Xph5060

Fonotipia Milano, 1914-04-27
Parisina (Mascagni): Ave Maria, gratia plena with Francisca Solari and Ida Rappini 69136 XPh 5064

Fonotipia Milano, 1914-04-29
Parisina (Mascagni): O fiore di mia vita with Alessandro  Dolci 74179 XXPh 5059

Fonotipia Milano, 1910-05-25
Ballo in maschera  (Verdi): Re del abisso  92652 Xph 4352

Fonotipia Milano, 1910-05-21
Don Carlo (Verdi): O don fatale 92651 Xph 4345 

Fonotipia Milano, 1910-05-10
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): C'era una volta una duchessa 92641XPh 4332
Samson e Dalila (Saint-Saens): Romanza 92788 XPh 4418
Samson e Dalila (Saint-Saens): Amour, viens aider 92789 XPh 4359

Edison 2-min cylinders, 1912?
Mignon (Thomas): Non conosci il bel suol  test, unpubl 44903

Narciso Del Ry (Tenor) (Pisa 1879 - Roma 1939)

                                                     Rodolfo in ‘’Boheme’’

Already as a boy his musical talent appeared. Nevertheless, he He worked in a typography. The baritone coming from Pisa Lelio Casini exerted himself for his education and became his teacher. In 1901 he debuted at the Teatro Grande in Brescia as Riccardo in Verdi’s ‘’Un Ballo in Maschera’’. Appearances followed in leading Italian theaters in the province, thus in Savona, Vicenza and Lucca. In 1910 he appeared in many opera performances in Cairo with special success. He sang there as well as in Alexandria parts like Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’', Rodolfo in ‘’La Boheme’’, Hagenbach in ‘’La Wally’’ of  Catalani, Edgardo in ‘’Lucia di of Lammermoor’’, Wilhelm Meister in ‘’Mignon’’ of  A. Thomas, Almaviva in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Faust in Boito’s ‘’Mefistofele’’ and Dimitri in ‘’Boris Godunov’’ of Mussorgsky. In 1912 he guested at the Teatro Apollo in Rome and in Reggio Emilia, in 1913 he appeared at the Teatro Politeama in Pisa. In 1915 he was to be heard at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice like at the Teatro Regio in Parma as Almaviva in Rossini’s ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’. In the 1916-17 season  he stayed in South America and was celebrated above all at the opera house by Sao Paulo where he sang 15 big parts from the Italian repertoire appearing also in ‘’Salvator Rosa’’ of  C. Gomes. In 1928 he undertook a big concert tour through India and Indonesia with which he appeared in 44 concerts. Till 1936 he continued his career in Italian stages; he lived later in Milan, last in Rome.

Chronology of some appearances

1901 Brescia Teatro Guillaume Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1902 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Faust (Faust)
1903 Savona Teatro Chiabrera Boheme (Rodolfo)
1904 Buenos Ayres Politeama Argentino Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1905 Forli Teatro Comunale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1906 Havana Teatro Albisu Sonnambula (Elvino)
1907 Marsiglia Casino de la Plague Puritani (Arturo)
1908 Alessandria d'Egitto Teatro Zizinia Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1909 Brescia Teatro Grande Faust (Faust)
1910 Cairo Teatro Kedivhiale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1911 Roma Teatro Apollo Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1912 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Gioconda (Enzo)
1913 Vicenza Teatro Verdi Wally (Hagenbach)
1914 Pisa Politeama Puritani (Arturo)
1915 Genova Politeama Genovese Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1916 Venezia Teatro Rossini Favorita (Fernando)
1917 San Paolo Teatro San Josи Rigoletto (Duca)
1919 Ravenna Teatro Mariani Werther (Werther)
1920 Roma Teatro Nazionale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1921 Lecce Politeama Greco Aida (Radames)
1922 Malta Teatro Reale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1923 Voghera Teatro Sociale Traviata (Alfredo)
1924 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Mefistofele (Faust)
1925 Milano Teatro Carcano Faust (Faust)
1926 Novara Teatro Coccia Il Piccolo Marat (Marat)
1927 Modena Teatro Storchi Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1928 Schio Teatro Civico Faust (Faust)
1929 Milano Teatro Lirico Faust (Faust)
1930 Savona Teatro Chiabrera Rigoletto (Duca)
1931 Brindisi Teatro Verdi Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1932 Palermo Teatro Biondo Amico Fritz (Fritz)
1933 Ravenna Teatro Alighieri Amico Fritz (Fritz)
1934 Porto San Giorgio Teatro Margherita Norma (Pollione)
1935 Palermo Teatro Biondo Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)



Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-20
Gioconda (Gioconda): Cielo e mar 92372 xPh 3663

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-28
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima 92374 XPh3690

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-26
Puritani (Bellini): A te, o cara 39258 xPh 3678

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-12-01
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile 92373 xPh 3709

Columbia, Milano 1911?
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella C2342 11030
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile C2342 11031
Manon (Massenet): Sogno 11032
Manon (Massenet): Ah! Dispar vision  11033
Ballo in Maschera (Verdi): Non sai tu with Celestina Boninsegna 74711 D16315
Ballo in Maschera (Verdi): O qual soave with Celestina Boninsegna 74712 D16315