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Jan 14, 2012
Marcello Govoni (Tenor) (Bologna 1885 - Roma 1944)
He began his career as a baritone and made his debut in 1907 at the Teatro Sociale in Casalmaggiore as David in Mascagni’s ‘’Amico Fritz’’. Later Govoni switched to tenormaking a second debut in 1918 at the Teatro Comunale in Bergamo as Werther in Massenet’s ‘’Werther’’. In 1920 he made guest appearance at Covent Garden in London as Ernesto in ‘’Don Pasquale’’ and as Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’, In 1926 he performed at La Scala in Milan as David in ‘’I maestri cantori di norimberga’’.In 1927 he founded the Compagnia dell’Opera Comica, which has singers, a chorus, and an orchestra of it’s own and began performing, to considerable acclaim, in 1927. In 1929 he was appointed permanent director of the Teatro Reale dell’Opera in Rome, and in 1937 he was nominated commissioner of the stage technicians and directors of Rome and its province. He retired from the operatic stage approximately in 1930. His daughter Marcella Govoni had a successful career as a soprano.
Chronology of some appearances
1907 Casalmaggiore Teatro Sociale Amico Fritz (David)
1918 Bologna Teatro Comunale Werther (Werther)
1920 London Covent Garden Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1926 Milan La Scala I Maestri cantori di Norimberga (David)
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Pathe, Milano 1921?
Rigoletto (Verdi): E'
il sol dell'anima 1033686764
Ah! non mi ridestar 1033686767
Amico Fritz (Mascagni):
Han della porpora 1033786769
(Puccini): Firenze è come un albero fiorito 1033786768
Traviata (Verdi): Un
dì felice with Anna Sassone-Soster1258386770
Parigi, o cara with Anna Sassone-Soster1258386771