Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 21, 2013

Agostino Casavecchi (Tenor) (? 1900 - ?)


                                                                De Grieux

He began his career during the 1920’s and came in 1929 received his first important success when he sang the role of Pinkerton in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’ at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo as a partner of Japanese soprano Nobuko Hara. During the following years he appeared primarily in Italian provincial theaters in parts. In 1937 he made guest appearances  at the Italian opera house in Holland; there he sang in ‘’La Bohème’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’ Barbiere di Siviglia’’ and sang in the première of the opera ‘’Le Preziose ridicole’’ of Lattuada. In the 1941-42 season he sang at La Scala among other things the role of Cassio in t’’Otello’’ and the Leukippos in the Italian première of ‘’Daphne’’ of R. Strauss, also made appearance in the première ‘’Carmina burana’’ of C. Orff. After the second world war he appeared in French theaters like the opera houses of Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille and at the Opéra de Wallonie in Lüttich.

Chronology of some appearances

1928 Messina Teatro Mastroieni Rigoletto (Duca)
1929 Torino Teatro Alfieri Rigoletto (Duca)
1929 Catania Anfiteatro Ganci Rigoletto (Duca)
1929 Palermo Teatro Nazionale Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1929 Padova Teatro Garibaldi Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1929 Pisa  Teatro Verdi Rigoletto (Duca)
1930 Catania Arena Balilla Puritani (Arturo)
1931 Rimini Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1931 Ferrara  Teatro Apollo Puritani (Arturo)
1932 Il Cairo Teatro Kedivhiale Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1933 Parma TeatroRegio Mignon (Guglielmo)
1941 Catania Teatro Bellini Don Pasquale (Ernesto)


HMV, Milano 29-11-29
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Ecco ridente in cielo  102-654 CM1279-1


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    1. Thanks Dear friend for your comment
      All the best

    2. Thank you for your great work and your contagious passion !
      My grandmother had seen Casavecchi on stage in the 40's in Toulouse ; by amazing coincidence, he is buried near her in Toulouse (he died in 1987), in the family vault of his wife.