Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Sep 18, 2012

Ottavio Frosini (Tenor) (Lastra a Signa 1866 - Lastra a Signa 1945)





His father had a small construction company and first he worked there as an engineer, but after discovering that he had a voice, statred to study singing under the pedagogue Guglielmo Bellini. He perfected his vocal at Rome with Aristide Franceschetti.  After a few months of study, on October 21, 1894 he made his debut in concert at Circolo Sabatio in Bracciano.  He gets quite a success in front of an audience, as reported by the Chronicle:
"La fleur fleur of the country ... applauded especially the young tenor Ottavio Frosini who had to repeat three times a few pieces ...". 
He made his stage debut in 1896 at Della Fenice of Lastra a Signa in ‘’La Forza del Destino’’. Then he sang with success at the  Teatro Sociale in Bevagna as Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’. 
Chronicle about his second appearance:  "strongly Impressed the beautiful voice of tenor Frosini who had requests for bis and enthusiastic ovations". 
Then he appeared in Napoli (Teatro Mercadante, 1898), Venezia (Teatro Rossini, 1899) and Roma (Teatro Costanzi, 1900). In 1900 Frosini made guest appearance at the Teatro Princesa in Marrdi, where he performed in ‘’L’Africana’’, ‘’Carmen’’ and ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’. During his career Frosini also guested in Rio de Janeiro (1903), San Paolo (1903), San Francisco (1905), Lisbon (1906) and Alessandria (1909). Probably he retired from the stage in 1910.  He made 6 records for G&T.

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Lastra a Signa Teatro della Fenice Forza del Destino (Don Alvaro)
1897 Napoli Teatro Mercadante Rococo di E. Gianturco
1898 Firenze Arena Nazionale Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1899 Venezia Teatro Rossini Carmen (Don Jose)
1900 Roma Teatro Costanzi Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1901 Brescia Teatro Sociale Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1902 Ferrara Teatro Comunale Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1903 Mantova Teatro Sociale Germania (Federico)
1904 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1905 San Francisco Teatro Tivoli Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1906 Modena Teatro Municipale I Lombardi alla prima crociata (Oronte)
1907 Siena Teatro Della Lizza Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1908 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1909 Livorno Politeama Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1910 Conegliano Teatro Accademia Otello (Otello)
1911 Messina Teatro Mastroieni Pagliacci (Canio)

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G&T, Milano 1902-12
Aida (Verdi): Morir si pura e bella  52281  5525a
Fedora (Giordano): Amor ti vieta  52632  2938b
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle  52658 2937b

















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