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Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller
Apr 22, 2012
Angelo Minghetti (Tenor) (1889 Bologna - Milan 1957)
Though Minghetti’s career only lasted slightly over twenty years, he built a reputation as a strong spinto tenor with sex appeal. He was the original operatic matinee idol, long before Franco Corelli, with women swooning over him in the aisles! Minghetti had a major career outside of Italy, a great favorite at Covent Garden, Chicago and Buenos Aires. He studied with Bellucci, Lari, Tenaglia and Emilia Corsi in Bologna. He made his debut in 1911 and had his first great success in 1920 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Ruggero in Puccini’s LaRondine. He sang in Chicago from 1922-24. Here his roles included the duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Faust and Leopold in La Juive. In 1923 he sang in the premiere of Snegourotchka. In 1922 he performed in the world premiere of La Flaminga by Donaudy at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples. In 1923 he made his La Scala debut as Rodolfo and returned to this house several times between 1925 and 1935. In 1929 he sang in the premiere of Selvaggi’s La Maggiolata Veneziana and in 1934 he sang in the premiere of Respighi’s La Fiamma. He made guest appearances in many roles in Buenos Aires, Verona, Bologna, Monte Carlo, Florence, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin and Covent Garden. In the late 1930's, due to vocal strain he retired from the stage.
Chronology of some appearances
1914 Venezia Teatro Rossini Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)