Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 31, 2011

Giovanni (Juan) Valls (Tenor) (Molnes/Barcelona 1872 - ? 1942)

He was a pupil of Juan Goula in Barcelona. He appeared with success in Italian and Spanish opera houses. Valls arrived in Italy at the end of 1903 to substitute for Carlo Cartica in ‘’La forza del destino’’ at the Teatro Regio in Parma as a partner of the famous Eugenia Burzio. In 1906 he sang at the same theatre in the premiere of the opera ‘’Siberia’’ of Giordano. Since 1914 he started to appear on the opera stages as baritone.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Bologna/Arena Azeglio Trovatore (Manrico)
1904 Como/T.Cressoni Aida (Radames)
1904 Como/T.Cressoni Trovatore (Manrico)
1904 Matelica/T.Condominiale Aida (Radames)
1904 Parma/T.Regio Forza del Destino (Alvaro)
1904 Reggio Emilia/T.Municipale Aida (Radames)
1905 Treviso/T.Sociale Eumen di F.Guglielmi (Oreste)
1906/5 Lugano/T.Apollo Gioconda (Enzo)
1906/5 Lugano/T.Apollo Trovatore (Manrico)
1906 Parma/T.Regio Siberia (Vassili)
1907 Tortona/T.Sociale Jana di Virgilio
1908/1 Novara/T.Coccia Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1908/1 Novara/T.Coccia Africana (Vasco de Gama)
1908/2 Ferrara/Tosi Borghi Aida (Radames)
1908/6 La Spezia/Politeama Duca di Genova Carmen (Don Josè)
1906/6 La Spezia/Politeama Duca di Genova Ernani (Ernani)
1908/9 Palermo/T.Biondo Pagliacci (Canio)
1908/10 Palermo/T.Biondo Carmen (Don Josè)
1908/10 Palermo/T.Biondo Norma (Pollione)
1909/1 Novara/T.Coccia Carmen (Don Josè)
1909/3 Pavia/T.Guidi Carmen (Don Josè)
1909 Genova/Politeama Sampierdarenese Norma (Pollione)
1909 Napoli/Politeama Giacosa Norma (Pollione)
1909 Napoli/Politeama Giacosa Ernani (Ernani)
1909 Napoli/Politeama Giacosa Africana (Vasco de Gama)
1910/2 Firenze/T.La Pergola La Vestale



G&T, Milano 1904-11?
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with Celestina Boninsegna 54056 2179L
Aida (Verdi): Fuggiam gli ardori with Celestina Boninsegna 054044 215m

Victor, USA 1904-11?
Forza del Destino (Verdi): O tu che in seno angli angeli 52407

G&T, Milano 1905
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira 2-52476 2178L

Dec 30, 2011

Nikolai Vekov (Baritone) (Ryazan, Russia 1870 - ?)

                                                    Nevers in ''Gli Ugonotti''

The real surname of this forgotten russian baritone was Vekov-Dunois. He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Camillo Everardi and E. Lavrovskaya. In 1900 he made his debut at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre in ‘’The Merry Wives of Windsor’’ of O. Nicolai. From 1900 to 1904 Vekov performed in two private theatres: Theatre of Saladovnikov  and  Hermitage Theatre. Then, untill 1911, he sang at the Opera Theatre of S. Zimin, also in Odessa (1911-1913) and Kiev (1914-1915). From 1916 he was a director of an opera class of the Moscow Conservatory. During the 1930s Vekov worked at the Sofia National Opera. Then he taught. He made 19 records. His recordings are very difficult to find.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1900-1904 Theatre of Saladovnikov  and  Hermitage Theatre
1911-1913 Odessa Opera House
1914-1915 Kiev Opera House


Gramophone, St. Petersburg?  1908
The broken vase, Romance (Arensky)  3-22735 6505L

Francesco Marconi (Tenor) (Rome 1853/55 – Rome 1916)

He worked as a carpenter during his youth. The promising quality of his voice came to the attention of a singing teacher, Ottavio Bartolini, who gave him his first lessons. Later, he studied with a much more prominent pedagogue, Venceslao Persichini, at the Rome Conservatory. Persichini also taught Marconi's coevals Antonio Magini-Coletti (1855–1912) and Mattia Battistini (1856–1928) — both of whom were baritones with outstanding voices and, like Marconi, international reputations. Marconi made his operatic debut in the Spanish capital of Madrid in 1878 at the Teatro Real, singing the title role in Faust by Charles Gounod. His debut was a success, and he was soon appearing regularly at Italy's premier opera house, La Scala, Milan, with lucrative summer seasons spent performing in South America, mainly at Buenos Aires. He also sang with distinction at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, for two seasons: 1883 and 1884. He was engaged to perform the United States, and in New York City in 1888, he appeared as the protagonist in the first American performances of Giuseppe Verdi's ‘’Otello’’. He failed, however, to achieve a real success on this particular occasion because his lyric voice was not equal to the heavyweight dramatic demands of Otello's score, which had been written by Verdi to suit the more powerful tones of his stentorian rival Tamagno. Thereafter, Marconi built his operatic career increasingly in Eastern Europe, singing often in Poland and Russia to considerable acclaim during the 1890s. While in Russia, he appeared at the imperial opera houses situated in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and added Anton Rubinstein's ‘’Nero’’ and Peter Tchaikovsky's ‘’Eugene Onegin’’ to his repertoire. Marconi's repertoire did not consist entirely of operas, however. He also participated in performances of such significant sacred works as Rossini's ‘’Stabat mater’’ and the Verdi ‘’Requiem’’. Indeed, near the end of his career, he toured widely in the Requiem, performing as part of a regular quartet of singers which contained one other top-class artist, Francesco Navarini (1855-1923), who was considered to be the best Italian bass of the era. The operatic parts that Marconi undertook in Europe and the two American continents included the principal tenor roles in the following works: ‘’Lucrezia Borgia’’, ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, ‘’La favorita’’ (all composed by Gaetano Donizetti), ‘’I Puritani’’ (by Vincenzo Bellini), ‘’Un ballo in maschera’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’La traviata’’ and ‘’Aida’’ (all by Verdi), ‘’La Gioconda’’ (by Amilcare Ponchielli), ‘’Mefistofele’’ (by Arrigo Boito), ‘’Ruy Blas’’ (by Filippo Marchetti), ‘’L'Africaine’’ and ‘’Les Huguenots’’ (by Giacomo Meyerbeer) and ‘’Lohengrin’’ (by Richard Wagner). Famed during the peak of his career for the silvery beauty of his singing, the ease of his high notes and the spontaneity of his interpretations, Marconi retained all his life a simplicity of character which endeared him to many admirers.

Chronology of some appearances

1879 Roma  Politeama Romano Favorita (Fernando)
1880 Milano  Teatro La Scala Rigoletto (Duca)
1885 Milano  Teatro La Scala Puritani (Elvino)
1895 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Rigoletto (Duca)
1887 Roma  Teatro Nazionale Puritani (Elvino)
1891 Roma  Teatro Nazionale Puritani (Elvino)
1896 Roma  Teatro Argentina Puritani (Elvino) 
1896 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Puritani (Elvino)
1897 Milano  Teatro La Scala Puritani (Elvino)
1897 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Rigoletto (Duca)
1897 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Favorita (Fernando)
1899 Varsavia Teatro Imperiale Rigoletto (Duca)
1899 Varsavia  Teatro Imperiale Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1904 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)



G&T, Milano 1903-11?
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 52788 Con366
Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi, dai prati 52016 Con367
Nerone (Rubinstein): Stanze 52017 Con368
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Romanza del duello 052054 Con720
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 052055 Con721
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar 052056 Con722
Requiem (Verdi): Ingemisco 052057 Con724
Non guardami cosi (Paloni) 052065 Con728
Bella cantiam l'amore (Mascagni) 052058 Con730

Gramophone, Roma 1907-10
Nerone (Rubinstein): Invan, invan 2-52631 11131b
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 2-52632 11133b
Romeo et Juliette (Massenet): Madrigale with Bice Mililotti 054186 1414c
Geisha (Jones): O mia Mimosa with Bice Mililotti 054187 1415c
Martha (Flotow): Duetto della rosa with Bice Mililotti 054188 1416c
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti): Di pescator ignobile 052200  1417c
Guarany (Gomez): Sento una forza indomita with Bice Mililotti 054189 1418c
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti): Madre se ognor lontano with Bice Mililotti 054190 1419c

Gramophone, Milano 1908-05
Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi, dai prati 2-52672  11170b
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): Ed ei non 2-52662  11171b
In questa sera (Denza) 2-52673 11178b
I Mulattieri (Masini) with Antonio Cotogni 54373 11180Ѕb
Favorita (Donizetti): Una vergine 2-52663  11185b
Africana (Meyerbeer): O Paradiso 052233 1437c
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Fra poco a me ricovero 052221 1438c
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Nestore della Torre 054214 1439c
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Tu che a Dio 052234 1440c
Puritani (Bellini): Vieni fra queste braccia with Maria Galvany 054208 1446c

Fiorello Giraud (Tenor) (Parma 1868 – Parma 1928)

His father Lodovico Giraud (1846–82), was a famous tenor. He studied in Parma and made his début as Lohengrin at Vercelli in 1891. His success was rapid and the following year he created Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ at the Teatro Dal Verme, Milan. Unlike Fernando Valero, who created Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’, Giraud was not invited to sing the part throughout the world, and when engaged at Monte Carlo in 1897 it was only to sing Cassio to Tamagno's Otello. Otherwise, appearances abroad were limited to Spain, Portugal and South America. In Italy his reputation as a Wagnerian tenor grew steadily, and in 1907 he sang Siegfried in the première at La Scala of ‘’Götterdämmerung’’, under Arturo Toscanini. Later in the same season he was also Italy's first Pelléas. Other premières included Vincenzo Tommasini's ‘’Medea’’ (1906, Trieste) and Stefano Donaudy's ‘’Sperduti nel buio’’ (1907, Palermo). His few recordings, which include some Wagner but nothing of Pagliacci, show a strong, vibrant voice used with imagination and skill, though with a limited upper range.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Teatro alla Fenice Venezia "Iris" with Fausta Labia (Iris), Maria Leonardi (geisha), Giuseppe La Puma (Kyoto), Fancesco Fabbri Boesmi (cieco) and Pio Rosa (merciaiolo/cenciaiolo).

1904 Teatro Costanzi Roma "Lohengrin" with Amelia Karola (Elsa), Elisa Bruno (Ortruda), Antonio Magini-Coletti (Federico di Telramondo) and Luigi Rossato (Enrico l'Uccellatore).



G&T, Milano 1904-04
Tannhauser (Wagner): Sia lode a te 52047 2190h
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Nel verno al pie 52048 2191h
Oblio (Tosti) 52049 2192h
Ancora (Tosti) 052067 271i
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 052069 272i
Luisa Miller (Verdi): Quando le sere al placido 052070 273i
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Appena il mite aprile 052071 274i

Gramophone, Milano 1916-03-16
Invano (Tosti) 7-52085 R3847

Gramophone, Milano 1916-03-18
Primavera (Tosti) R3849 7-52089
Serenata (Rimpianto) (Toselli) 7-52091 R3851

Gramophone, Milano 1916-04-01
Ave Maria (Grigolata) 7-52090 R3851
Non m'ama più (Tosti) 7-52086 R3847

Gramophone, Milano 1917-07-18
Jocelyn (Godard): Ninna nanna (Berceuse)  7-252238  20092b
Sérénade d'autrefois (Silvestri) 7-252239  20093½b


Leopoldo Signoretti (Tenor) (Roma 1846 - Napoli 1915)

In 1875 he made his debut at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo as Almaviva in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’. He had an important career. In 1900 he sang at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome in ‘’Ebrea’’, ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, ‘’Elisir d’Amore’’ and ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’. In the last years he was singing as comprimario. After his retirement, he taught singing and his students included the baritone Rizzardo Da Ferrara and the great spanish tenor Hipolito Lazaro.

Chronology of some appearances

1884 Bologna, Comunale "Isora di Provenza" with Virginia Ferni-Germano, Zaira Cortini, Remo Ercolani and Augusto Brogi.

1884 Bologna, Comunale "Tannhäuser’’ with Ginevra Giovannoni Zacchi, Anna Scifoni, Augusto Brogi, Remo Ercolani and Carlo Callioni Romanini.

1884 Bologna, Comunale ‘’Mefistofele" with Virginia Ferni-Germano, Selene Visconti, Carlo Ragni and Luigi Visconti.

1895 Torino, Alfieri ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’ with Ada Bonner, Maria D'Alma/Annunziata Stinco Palermini, Elvira Lafon, Giovanni Urbinati, Gioacchino Wanrell and Raffaello Masi.

1895 Novara, Coccia ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’ with Aristodemo Sillich

1895 Buenos Aires, Doria ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’

1900 Roma, Costanzi ‘’Ebrea’’ with Maria De Marchi, Clara Rommel, Pietro Laraspata, Roberto Bisciani and Giuseppe Gironi.

1900 Roma, Costanzi ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’ with Maria Barrientos, Enrico Moreo, Ettore Borelli,  Enrico Ruggero Galli and Federica Casali.



Disco Zonofono, Milano 1902?
Luisa Miller (Verdi): Quando le sere X-1170
Favorita (Donizetti): Una vergine, un angiol di Dio X-1171
Forza del destino (Verdi): O tu che in seno X-1173

Disco Zonofono, Milano 1902?
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti): Di pescator ignobile 10674
Ernani (Verdi): Solingo, errante, misero X-1814

Francisco Granados (Tenor) (Almodovar/Spain 1870 - ? 1946)

Approximately in 1894 Granados debuted at the Gran Teatro de Cõrdoba in a benefit concert for the tenor Rafael Bezares. He studied singing in Madrid, perfected his Italian and studied later in Russia where Angelo Masini advised him. He made his debut in Savona in 1896 at the Teatro Chiabrera singing Turiddu. On December 10th 1901 he appeared at the Teatro Reale in Madrid as Rodolfo in ‘’Boheme’’ with Eva Tetrazzini, Marino Aineto, Miguel Riera and Cleofonte Campanini. At the same theater on January 14th 1902, he sang in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’ with Barrientos, Aineto and Verdaguer. In 1898 he sang at the Teatro Fraschini in Pavia as Lohengrin.

Chronology of some appearances

1898 Teatro Costanzi Roma "Lucia di Lammermoor" with Adelina Padovani (Lucia), Federica Casali (Alisa), Ettore Trucchi Dorini (Arturo), Angelo Filippini (Normanno), Mario Roussel/Titta Ruffo (Enrico Ashton) and Francesco Spangher (Raimondo)

1907 Teatro "Principe di Napoli Catania "La forza del destino" with Kate Rolla (Leonora), Ebe Garagnani (Curra), Antonio Armentano Anticorona (Don Carlo di Vargas) and Antonio Scarpinelli (Melitone).

1907 Teatro Principe di Napoli Catania "Il trovatore" with Ebe Garagnani (Leonora), Kate Rolla (Ines), Gilda Concettinelli (Azucena), Sandro Caccamo (Ruiz), Antonio Armentano Anticorona (conte di Luna) and Giuseppe La Rocca (Ferrando).



Pathe, Milano 1907?
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 84180

Gramophone, Milano 1908-05
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Vedeste Mistress Clark with Francesco Cigada, Giuseppe Quinzi –Tapergi and Francesco Federici 54390 11201b
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Uh! L'orso wih Amina Santoro 54388 11220b
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): La, la presso quel tavolo with  Amina Santoro 54393 11209b
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Son certo ch'ei dorme 2-52688 11216b
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): E finito, mio Dio with Francesco  Cigada 543941 1212b
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Ah! Mistress with Francesco  Cigada  54396 11214b
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Che parla mei with Francesco  Cigada 54395 11215b
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Dacche sei giunto with Francesco Cigada and Giuseppe Quinzi-Tapergi   054235 1461c
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Skinner! Qui, voi stesso with Gaetano Pini-Corsi 054239 1463c
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Signore, vi presento with Giuseppe  Quinzi -Tapergi, Ines De Frate and Francesco Federici 054234 1465c
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Gli amici suoi perche with Francesco Cigada and Ines De Frate 054236 1470c

Dec 29, 2011

Agustarello Affre (Tenor) (Saint-Chinian 1858 - Cagnes-sur-Mer, France 1931)

His voice was discovered by the manager of the Paris Grand Opéra Pierre Gailhard. First he studied at the conservatoire of Toulouse, then at the Conservatoire National de Paris under Duvernoy. He made his debut in 1890 at the Grand Opéra as Edgardo in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, while Nellie Melba sang the title role. He remained active since then for twenty years as the first tenor at the Grand Opéra. In the 1890’s he appeared as a guest in Lyon, Marseille and Aix-les-Bains. In 1900 he sang at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. On 16. 3. 1891 he happeared at the Grand Opéra in the premiere of J. Massenet’s ‘’Le Mage’’. In 1902 he sang there the part of Canio in the première of R. Leoncavallo’s ‘’Pagliacci’’ (into French language), in 1905 he sang in an unforgettable performance of Gluck’s ‘’Armide’’ and in the same year the part of Belmonte in ‘’Entführung aus dem Serail’’. At the Grand Opéra his repertoire included the Raoul in ‘’Huguenots’’ of G. Meyerbeer, Jean in ‘’Le Prophète’’, Vasco in ‘’L'Africaine’’, Arnoldo in G. Rossini’s ‘’Wilhelm Tell’’, Eleazar in ‘’La Juive’’, Faust, Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’of  C. Saint-Saëns and the Lohengrin. He made guest appearances at the Covent Garden in London as Faust and Samson (1909). When Pierre Gailhard withdrew in 1911 from the management of the Grand Opéra, Affre also retired from Grand Opéra. In 1911 he appeared at the San Francisco Opera. In 1912 he sang in New Orleans. In 1913 he performed in Havana (here under the name Albert Affre). During the First World War he gave concerts before French soldier, even in the immediate front area. He died in his villa of the Côte d'Azur and was buried on the cemetery Père Lachaise in Paris. His voice was a typical French heroic tenor which the criticism called with pleasure as ‘’The French Tamagno’’.

Chronology of  some appearances

1890 Paris Grand Opera
1891 Paris Grand Opera
1902 Paris Grand Opera
1905 Paris Grand Opera
1909 London Covent Garden
1911 San Francisco Opera
1912 New Orleans Opera
1913 Havana Opera

Alfredo Braglia (Tenor) (Pesaro 1878 - ?)

He performed basically in smaller opera theaters in the Italian province and with touring companies. In 1903 he appeared as a guest in Mexico City as De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’ of Massenet. In 1904 he guested during a season in Cuba, Havana and sang there in ‘’Faust’’, ‘’Pagliacci’’, ‘’Tosca’’ and ‘’Dimorah’’.  In 1921 he sang at the Teatro Morgana in Rome in ‘’Ruy Blas’’ of Marchetti.

Chronology of some appearances

1899 Buenos Ayres Politeama Argentino Concerto
1900 Buenos Ayres Societa Operai Italiani Concerto
1901 Buenos Ayres Teatro Doria boheme (Rodolfo)
1903 Mexico City Teatro Rinascimento Manon (De Grieux)
1904 Havana Teatro Nacional Dinorah (Corentino)
1905 Fabriano Teatro Gentile Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1907 San Paolo Teatro Santana Boheme (Rodolfo)
1908 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Aida (Radames)
1909 Venezia Teatro Rossini Boheme (Rodolfo)
1910 Fano Teatro Della Fortuna Pagliacci (Canio)
1911 Cagliari Politeama Regina Margherita Aida (Radames)
1912 Como Teatro Sociale Aida (Radames)
1913 Napoli Teatro Mercadante Aida (Radames)
1914 Palermo Teatro Biondo Guarany (Pery)
1915 Milano Teatro Verdi Norma (Pollione)
1916 Torino Teatro Trianon Trovatore (Manrico)
1917 Sampierdarena Politeama Sampierdarenese Trovatore (Manrico)
1919 Schio Teatro Civico Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1920 Prato Teatro Metastasio Pagliacci (Canio)
1921 Terni Politeama Ternano Norma (Pollione)
1922 Montevideo Teatro Solis Aida (Radames)
1923 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1924 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Aida (Radames)
1925 Terni Politema Ternano Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1926 Todi Teatro Comunale Concerto


Phonodisc Mondial, Milano 1912?
Aida (Verdi): Fuggiam gli ardori with Bianca Besalu 674

Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 42435
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): La rivedrò nell'estasi 42432
Ebrea (Halevy): Rachele allor che iddio 42465
Isabeau (Mascagni): Tu ch'odi lo mio grido 42480

Angelo Bendinelli (Tenor) (Lari, near Pisa 1876 – Livorno 1942)

                                        Giuseppe Kaschmann and Angelo Bendinelli

He was a student of Cortesi in Pisa and Giacchetti in Florence. He made his debut in 1904 in Florence at the Arena Nazionale as Alfredo in Traviata. In 1905 he sang at the Donizetti in Bergamo in the premiere of L'Immacolata of G.Mattioli. In 1906 he sang in a recital with Gemma Bellincioni in Paris. Later he performed in theaters in many Italian cities, like Bologna, Mantua and Venice, and performed important works such as Rigoletto, La sonnambula, L'amico Fritz, Iris , and Manon. He regularly sang at the Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari from 1907 to 1925 and also sang abroad in places such as Cairo, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Livorno Casino del Teatro San Marco Stabat Mater di G. Rossini     
1904 Firenze Arena Nazionale Traviata (Alfredo)
1905 Pisa Teatro Verdi Traviata (Alfredo)
1906 Alessandria d'Egitto Teatro del Conservatorio Concerto
1907 Sanremo Teatro del Casinð Iris (Osaka)
1908 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Boheme (Rodolfo)
1909 Venezia Tetro La Fenice Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1910 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Traviata (Alfredo)
1911 Firenze Teatro Della Pergola Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1912 Pavia Teatro Fraschini Manon (De Grieux)
1913 Firenze Politeama Nazionale Traviata (Alfredo)
1914 Cremona Teatro Ponchielli Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1915 Livorno Teatro Goldoni Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Falstaff (Fenton)



Edison cylinders, 1912?
Mattinata  (Leoncavallo) Unpubl. 44564

Columbia, Milano 1912?
Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Ch'ella mi creda D 9269 11238
Iris (Mascagni): Apri la tua finestra D 9272 11240
Traviata (Verdi): Dei miei bollenti spiriti  D4337 11241-1
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior D5503 11243
Histoire d'un Pierrot (Costa): Favola del piccioni C2273 11256
Mignon (Thomas): Addio Mignon D5503 11268
Traviata (Verdi): Brindisi with Maria Alessandrovitch  D4337 11273
Zulma (Romani): Canzone del vagabondo  D 4345 11330
Africaine (Meyerbeer): O Paradiso  D5500 11245
Lolita (Buzzi-Peccia) D5539 11267
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima D5507 11268
Faust (Gounod): Salve dimora D4357 11271

Columbia, Milano 1913?
Faust (Gounod): Notte d'amor with  Ida Cattorini D 4406 11443
Traviata (Verdi): Un di, felice with Ida Cattorini D4390 11444
Traviata (Verdi): Parigi, o cara with Ida Cattorini D4390 11445
Boheme (Puccini):  Quartetto with   Ida Cattorini,  Cesare Formichi and Irma Mion D 9343 11490
Faust (Gounod): E che sempre sola with Ida Cattorini, Dolores Frau and Giovanni Martino D5543 11446
Faust: Che fate qui, Signor? with Cesare Formichi and Giovanni Martino D5543 11449

Gramophone, Milano 1913-11-26
Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina 252125 2915ah

Amedeo Bassi (Tenor) (Montespertoli, near Florence 1872 - Florence 1949)


He trained in Florence, making his debut at Castelfiorentino in Filippo Marchetti's ''Ruy Blas'' in 1897. After travelling widely in Italy he sang with great success in South America, where he performed regularly until 1912. He joined the Manhattan Opera Company in 1906 and made his Covent Garden debut the following year; he returned in 1911 for the British premiere of ''La fanciulla del West'', in which he also sang at the first performances in Rome and Chicago. At Monte Carlo in 1905 he participated in the premiere of Pietro Mascagni's ''Amica'' and in Naples the following year that of Frederic d’Erlanger's ''Tess''; he was also in the first American performance of Ermanno Wolf-Ferra's ''I gioielli della Madonna'' (1912). In the 1920s at La Scala he began a second career, as an admired Wagnerian tenor. He taught in Florence where Ferruccio Tagliavini was among his pupils. Early recordings show a powerful voice produced in the typical verismo style.

Chronology of some appearances

1898 Livorno Politeama Boheme (Rodolfo)
1898 Firenze Teatro Pagliano Boheme (Rodolfo)
1899 Bologna Teatro Del Corso Boheme (Rodolfo)
1899 Carrara Politeama Boheme (Rodolfo)
1902 Vienna Un der Wien Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1903 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1904 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1905 Parigi Teatro Sarah Bernardt Andrea Chenier (Andrea Chenier)
1906 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Amica (Giorgio)
1906 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Amica (Giorgio)
1907 Trapani  Teatro Garibaldi Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1907 New York  Manhattan Opera House Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1908 New York  Manhattan Opera House Andrea Chenier (Andrea Chenier)
1909 Roma Teatro Costanzi Andrea Chenier (Andrea Chenier)



Pathe, Paris 1904?
Siberia (Giordano): T'incontrai per via 4230
Occhi di fata (Denza) 4232
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 4233
Chopin (Orefice): O mia Bologna 4235
Chopin (Orefice): Io sono un fior 4236
Fedora (Giordano): Amor ti vieta 4237
Bohème (Puccini): In povertà mia lieta 4238
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì all'azzurro spazio 4239
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Come un bel di 4240
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia  4241
Tosca (Puccini): O dolci mani 4242
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Sì, fui soldato 4243
Bohème (Puccini): Chi son?  4244
Bohème (Puccini): Ah Mimì, tu più with Titta Ruffo 4260

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-04-20
Tess (d'Erlanger): Stanotte ho fatto un sogno 39651 Xph1798
Siberia (Giordano): Orride steppe 39643 XPh1804
Siberia (Giordano): T'incontrai per via  39644 Xph 1805
Fedora (Giordano): Amor ti vieta 39727 Xph 1806

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-05-05
Canzone Guerresca (Giordano) 39726 Xph1855

Pathe, Milano 1912?
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 86386
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle 86387
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 86388
Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Ch'ella mi creda 86390
Aurora : Inno alla bandiera 86391
Mefistofele (Boito): Giunto sul passo estremo 86392
Lombardi (Verdi): La mia letizia infondere 86393
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Tra voi, belle brune 86396
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Donna non vidi mai 86397