Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Oct 5, 2012

Aristide Baracchi (Bass-Baritone) (Reggio Emilia 1885 – Milan 1964)






First he sang in Italian provincial stages, but then he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera, New York (1907-09) where he took over some small parts. He sang primarily in Italy and specialized in Comprimario parts. Since 1918 he belonged to the ensemble of the La Scala, Milan.

He appeared there in the following premieres:
1919 ''Una Partita'' of  R. Zandonai
1922 ''Debora'' e Jaele'' of  I. Pizzetti
1924 ''Nerone'' of  A. Boito
1926 ''Turandot'' of  G. Puccini
1928 ''Fra Gherardo'' of  I. Pizzetti
1929 ''Le preziose Ridicole'' of  F. Lattuada
1932 ''Palla De'Mozzi'' of  G. Marinuzzi
1935 ''Nerone'' of  P. Mascagni

He appeared at La Scala also in bigger parts, for example as  an Alberich in ''Siegfried'' or as Schaunard in ''La Boheme''. He was also to be found in South America; here he sang in 1924 at the opera house of  Rio de Janeiro. From 1928 to 1939, almost annually, he guested at Covent Garden London where he sang among other things the role of Ping in Puccini's ''Turandot'' and the role of Silvio in ''Pagliacci''. From 1924 to 1951 he sang in the festival of Verona, among other things in 1924 the role of Klingsor in ''Parsifal''. Later he lived in Milan, than worked as singing teacher. He spent the last years at the "Casa di Riposo G. Verdi" in Milan.

Chronology of some appearances

1911 Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Boheme (Schaunard)
1914 Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Boheme (Schaunard)
1915 Carrara  Politeama Verdi Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Bartolo)
1917 Brescia  Teatro Sociale Boheme (Schaunard)
1917 Brescia Teatro Sociale Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1917 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
1918 Verona  Teatro Ristori Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Bartolo)
1918 Cremona  Politeama Verdi Boheme (Schaunard)
1918 Bologna  Teatro Apollo Boheme (Schaunard)
1919 Genova  Politeama Genovese Ballo in Maschera (Tom)
1919 Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale Lohengrin (Araldo)
1920 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Bartolo)
1920 Lisbona Coliseo Recrejos Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1926 Fano  Teatro Della Fortuna Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Bartolo)
1930 Bolzano Teatro Civico Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1939 Bologna  Teatro Comunale  Ballo in Maschera (Tom)
1941 Pisa  Teatro Verdi  Adriana Lecouvreur  (Principe)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








HMV, Milano 1922-05-24
Aida (Verdi): Sì, fuggiam with Anna Gramegna, Irma Vigano and Bernardo De Muro   2-054128, DB550

Fonotipia, Milano 11-05-1927
Turandot (Puccini): Terzetto P1 with Emilio Venturini and Giuseppe Nessi 120049 xxph5885
Turandot (Puccini): Terzetto P2 with Emilio Venturini and Giuseppe Nessi 120049 xxph5886

Fonotipia, Milano 18-10-1927
Carmen (Bizet): Quintetto P1 with Anita Apolloni, Conchita Supervia, Ida Mannarini and Giuseppe Nessi  168110  Pho6059
Carmen (Bizet): Quintetto P2 with Anita Apolloni, Conchita Supervia, Ida Mannarini and Giuseppe Nessi 168111  Pho6060
Ernani (Verdi): Qual rumore with Vittorio Fullin, Giulio Fregosi, Giuseppe Nessi, Antonio Righetti, Tina Poli-Randaccio and Mannarini 120071 XXPh6061
Ernani (Verdi): O sommo Carlo with Vittorio Fullin, Giulio Fregosi, Giuseppe Nessi, Antonio Righetti, Tina Poli-Randaccio and Mannarini 120071 XXPh6062

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-10-19
Traviata (Verdi): Scena della borsa pt 1 with Ferdinando Ciniselli, Giuseppe Nessi, Wanda Bardone,  Ida Mannarini,  Giuseppe Menni and Giulio  Fregosi  120076, XXPh6067
Traviata (Verdi): Scena della borsa pt 2  with Ferdinando Ciniselli, Giuseppe Nessi, Wanda Bardone,  Ida Mannarini,  Giuseppe Menni and Giulio  Fregosi  120076 XXPh6068

Columbia, Milano 1927
Traviata (Verdi): Brindisi  with Alessandro Granda and Giuseppe Nessi GQX10169  BX 132

Columbia, Milano
Turandot (Verdi): Terzetto delle maschere Part II with Nessi and Venturini D1663 B2375
Turandot (Verdi): Terzetto delle maschere Part I with Nessi and Venturini D1663 B2372

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-10-17
Aida (Verdi): Concertato act 2, pt 1 with Minghini-Cattaneo, Poli-Randaccio, Montelauri, Fregosi & Righetti 120181 XXPh6387

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-10-21
Aida (Verdi): Concertato act 2, pt 2 with Minghini-Cattaneo, Poli-Randaccio, Montelauri, Fregosi & Righetti 120181 XXPh6412

HMV, Milano 1928
Complete Boheme (Puccini) with Ernesto Badini,  Aristodemo  Giorgini, Rpsina Torri, Thea Vitulli and  Luigi Manfrini















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