Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Oct 20, 2012

Alessandro Valente (Tenor) (Torino 1890 - ? 1958)





Already as a child he sang in the opera choir of Verona, later he studied singing under Louis Scheiwein. In 1912 he came to London and sang without success at the Hippodrom in Mascagni’s ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’ under the management of the composer.  He remained in England and worked under the name Alex Vallo at cabarets, in Variétés and appeared in musicals. During the First World War he served in the Italian army. After the end of the war he appeared in Italy. In 1924 he accompanied Luisa Tetrazzini as supporting artist on her resignation tour. In 1931 he gave concerts in Berlin and in the radio station of Cologne. He lived later in Italy where he been active as an inventor (among other things a hanging-device for curtains).

Chronology of some appearances

1912 Londra Hyppodrom Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1913 Londra Coliseum Concerto
1927 Roma Teatro Adriano Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1932 Londra Radio Broadcasting Concerto
1933 Londra Wingmore Hall Concerto

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








HMV, London 1927-04-25
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba C1387 2-052333
Turandot (Puccini): Nessun dorma  B2458 7-52360

HMV, London 1927-05-10
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia  C1387 2-052338

HMV, Milano 1928-02-21
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Tu, tu, amore with Emma Latuada C1503 2-054214
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): O tentatrice with Emma Latuada C1503 2-054215

HMV, Milano 1928-04-17
Sly (Wolf-Ferrari):: Un orso in musoliera S5340 2-052375
Sly (Wolf-Ferrari): Io non sono un buffone  S5340 2-052376)

HMV, Milano 1928-12-04
Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Ch'ella mi creda B3015 7-52420
Fanciulla del west (Puccini): Or son sei mesi  B3015 7-52421

HMV, Milano 1928-12-10
Cena delle Beffe (Giordano): Tornato e maggio R10117 7-52423

HMV, Milano 1928-12-17
Cena delle Beffe (Giordano): Calato in Arno R10117 7-52424

HMV, Milano 1929-06-04
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Si, tutto in un'istante... Addio, fiorito asil with Pilotto B3141 30-614

HMV, Milano 1929-06-25
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradis sorti de l'onde  B3141 30-615

HMV, Milano 1929-06-26
Aida (Verdi): Se querrier io fossi B3682 30-1321
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida B3682 30-1322

HMV, Milano 1929-07-10
Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina R10024 30-1319

HMV, Milano 1929
Complete Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) with Adelaide Saraceni and Apollo Granforte

HMV, Milano 1930-01-06
Serenata (Mascagni)  B3486 30-2613

HMV, Milano 1930-03-13
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior   B3487 30-3390

HMV, Milano 1930-03-14
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Si, fui soldato B3486 30-3389

Decca, London? 1932 (1934??)
Canta pe' me (de Curtis) F3871 TB1110-1
Tu, ca nun chiagne (De Curtis) F3871 TB1111-1




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