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Alberto Caffo (Tenor) (Bassano del Grappa 1877 - Milano 1931)
He studied with Orefice in Padua
and Pollini in Milan.
His stage debut took place at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Turin in 1903 as Alfredo in Verdi’s ‘’La
Traviata’’. Then Caffo sang at the Teatro Comunale in Corfu
(1905). He appeared also in Rome (Teatro
Nazionale) and Milan
(Teatro Dal Verme). During the First World War he was called up in 1917 for the
Italian army and began his career again in 1919 performing at the Teatro
Chiabrera of Savona.
After he had been active during the 1920s as an interpreter of the heavier
lyrical parts of the Italian opera primarily in provincial stages, he became a
respected singing teacher. Piero Pauli, Augusta Oltrabella, Tullio Verona and
the American soprano Marion Talley belong to his pupils among other things.
Chronology of some appearances
Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Traviata (Alfredo)
1905 Corfé Teatro Comunale Favorita (Fernando)
1907 Vercelli Teatro Civico Elisir d'Amore
Politeama Verdi Adriana Lecouvreur (Adriana)
Teatro Dei Rinnovati Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1916 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Don Chisciotte
1919 Savona Teatro Chiabrera Barbiere di
RECORDING FOR SALE
Victor, USA 1905
Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti): A consolarmi affrettati with Emma Trentini 62090 7021b
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