Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 18, 2013

Virgilio Bellatti (Baritone) (Firenze 1869 - Milano 1917)


He made in 1892 at La Pergola in Florence in Pescatori di Perle. He enjoyed excellent reputation and had a long career. According to chronicles of that was appreciated as Beckmesser in Meistersinger and sang the opera many times in different theaters. In 1894 he performed in the new opera of Leoncavallo "I Medici" at the Dal Verme in Milan and later in Naples in the role of Poliziano. In 1896 he was the first Schaunard in Genoa at the Politeama Genovese. In 1899 he took part in a very long tour in the United States. In 1901 he was cast in the first of the new Scala opera of Mascagni "The Masks" and sang the character of Tartaglia and also sang here in Boheme with Caruso and Carelli, and in the same year sang at the Principal of Mexico City and in other Mexican cities (It is said that in Mexico reached a popularity so great that we were selling the sweets with his effigy reproduced on paper). In 1902 took part in the tour mascagniana in the U.S., appearing in ''Iris''. His career ended in 1917, the year of his death.

                                        with Giovanni Zenatello in ''Madama Butterfly''

Chronology of some appearances

1892 Firenze Teatro Della Pergola Pescatori di Perle (Zurga)
1895 Livorno Teatro Goldoni Manon (Lescaut)
1898 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Andrea Chenier (Gerard)                
1901 Parma Politeama Reinach Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1905 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1908 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
1911 Napoli Teatro Bellini Don Pasquale (Malatesta)
1914 Trieste Teatro Verdi Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
1917 Malta Teatro Reale Madame Sans-Gene


Columbia, New York 1906-11?
Rolando di Berlino (Leoncavallo): Preghiera di Giovanni   A 5076 30117          

Columbia, Milano 1910?
Boheme (Leoncavallo): L'influenza del blue E 2044 10930
Fra' Diavolo (Auber): Io son signori un infelice E2089 10490           
Fra' Diavolo (Auber): Grazie al ciel per una serva E2089 10994      
Fedora (Giordano): Egli mi disse E2090 10999 
Fedora (Giordano): La donna russa E2090 11000

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