Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Apr 26, 2012

Mario Basiola (Baritone) (Annico, nr Cremona 1892 - Annico 1965)








He studied with Antonio Cotogni in Rome, where he made his début in 1918. Appearances in Florence and Barcelona led to an engagement with the S Carlo company, which toured America in 1923, and this in turn brought him to the Metropolitan in 1925. His roles there included Amonasro, Escamillo and Count di Luna. In 1930 he appeared in the American première of Felice Lattuada's Le preziose ridicole and in that of Italo Montemezzi's La notte di Zoraima the following year. He was also the Venetian in the first Metropolitan production of Sadko (1930). In 1933 he returned to Italy, where for many years he was a leading baritone in Milan and Rome. The enthusiastic reports of his work there were not entirely borne out when, after a serious illness, he came to Covent Garden (as Iago, Amonasro and Germont) in 1939; nor are they well supported by the recordings he made of Pagliacci and Madama Butterfly with Gigli. In 1946 he joined a company touring Australia, and in 1951 he returned there as a teacher. His earlier recordings show the full-bodied tone and flowing style which earned him a high reputation among the singers of his time. His son, Mario Basiola jr (b Highland Park, IL, 1Sept 1935), was also a successful baritone, singing in many leading houses including La Scala and the Vienna Staatsoper; his repertory included the title role in Wozzeck.

Chronology of appearance

1922 Anfiteatro Gangi di Catania Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1922 Anfiteatro Gangi di Catania Rigoletto (Rigolett)
1923 Anfiteatro Gangi di Catania Traviata (Germont)
1932 Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1932 Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo Faust (Valentino)
1932 Teatro Regio di Parma Traviata (Germont)
1933 Teatro Regio di Parma Aida (Amonasro)
1933 Teatro Regio di Parma Traviata (Germont)
1933 Teatro Regio di Parma Gioconda (Barnaba)
1933 Teatro Reale dell'Opera di Roma  La forza del destino (Don Carlo di Vargas)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Columbia
Arlesiana (Cilea): Racconto del Pastore GQX10978 CBX1432
Hérodiade (Massenet): Vision fugitive 70093-D CBX1435
Roi de Lahore (Massenet): Promesse de mon avenir 70093-D CBX1436
Il Figliol prodigo (Ponchielli): Raccogli e calma GQX10978 CBX1437
Favorita (Donizetti): A tanto amor GQX 10967  CBX 1433
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Largo al factotum GQX 10967 CBX 1434


3 comments:

  1. Hey Great to see this!!! In about 1948 or 49 I saw Mario Basiola in Auckland New Zealand at the age of 15 or 16 as Rigoletto, it was a matinee! it was the second opera I ever saw (the first was Madama Butterfly a few days earlier!!!

    I have been hooked on opera ever since but he was head and shoulders above the rest of the cast in either opera!!! Great to see him celebrated!!! Chris G.

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  2. Hey great to see this about Mario Basiola. In 1948/49 I saw him in Rigoletto in Auckland Mew Zealand in a matinee performance I was 15/16 he was magnificent!
    It was the second opera I had ever seen . The first was Madama Butterfly a few days earlier. I have been hooked on Opera ever since but he was head and shoulders above the casts of both operas! Great to find this site about him1

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