Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 24, 2013

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

1903 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Traviata (Alfredo)       
1905 Corfé Teatro Comunale Favorita (Fernando)
1907 Vercelli Teatro Civico Elisir d'Amore (Nemorino)
1908 Sassari Politeama Verdi Adriana Lecouvreur (Adriana)
1909 Siena Teatro Dei Rinnovati Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1916 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Don Chisciotte di G.Dall'Orso
1919 Savona Teatro Chiabrera Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)


Victor, USA 1905
Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti): A consolarmi affrettati with Emma Trentini  62090 7021b

G&T, Milano 1905
Fra Diavolo (Auber): Quell'uom del fiero aspetto with Emma Trentini  54062 7022b

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