Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Jul 26, 2013

Bernardo De Muro (Tenor) (Tempio Pausanio, Sardinia 1881 – Roma 1955)






He received his education in the Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome under Alfredo Martino. He made his debut in 1910 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’. after another successful appearance at the Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari he appeared already in 1912 at La Scala. There he sang in 1912 in Italian (at the same time European) première of Mascagni’s ‘’Isabeau’’. Afterwards he had big success at La Scala in Verdi’s ‘’Don Carlo’’ and in 1912 in the première of the opera ''The girl of Pskov’’ of Rimsky-Korssakow together with famous Russian bass Fedor Schaljapin. Guest performances followed at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome, at the Teatro Regio, Parma, at the Teatro Dal Verme, Milan, at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, in Naples, Turin and Trieste, in Madrid and Barcelona, in 1915 he was at the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, in 1928 in Havana, also in Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo. During the 1920’s he was married to American soprano Barbara Wait and sang mostly in North America, however, only at smaller opera societies (San Carlo Company etc.). In 1933 he appeared at the New York Hippodrom in ‘’Il Trovaotre’’ and ‘’Andrea Chenier’’. During the 1930’s  he appeared regularly in Italian opera houses, thus in 1934 at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, in 1938 at the festival of the Caracalla Therme in Rome (as Folco). His finally last appearance took place in 1944 in the New York Academy of Music as Radames (with Herva Nelli as Aida). He worked after his retirement in 1943 as a pedagogue in New York, last lived, however, again in Rome. He published in 1956 an autobiography (‘’Quando ero Folco’’).

Chronology of some appearances

1910 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1911  Bari  Teatro Petruzzelli Carmen (Jose)
1911  Bari  Teatro Petruzzelli Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1911  Lecce  Politeama Greco Carmen (Jose)
1912 Faenza  Teatro Masini Carmen (Jose)
1912  Venezia  Teatro La Fenice Carmen (Jose)
1912 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Don Carlo (Carlo)
1913  Firenze  Politeama Fiorentino Carmen (Jose)
1913   Milano  Teatro La Scala Carmen (Jose)
1913   Milano  Teatro La Scala Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1913 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Carmen (Jose)
1913 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1913   Montevideo  Teatro Solis Carmen (Jose)
1913 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Carmen (Jose)
1913 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1913  Barcellona  Teatro Liceo  Carmen (Jose)
1913 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Carmen (Jose)
1913 Trieste  Teatro Verdi Carmen (Jose)
1915  Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Carmen (Jose)
1915 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal Carmen (Jose)
1915   San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Carmen (Jose)
1915 Roma Teatro Costanzi Fanciulla del West (Dick Johnson)
1916   Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Carmen (Jose)
1917  Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Carmen (Jose)
1918 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1918  Genova  Politeama Genovese Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1918  Madrid  Teatro Reale Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1918 Madrid  Teatro Reale Carmen (Jose)
1918 Valencia  Teatro Principal Carmen (Jose)
1918  Madrid  Teatro Reale Carmen (Jose)
1919 Pesaro  Teatro Rossini Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1919  Faenza  Teatro Masini Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1919  Firenze Teatro Verdi Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1920 Genova  Politeama Genovese Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1920 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1920 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1920  Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1921 Havana  Teatro Nacional Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1921 Genova Polietama Genovese Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1921 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Boheme (Rodolfo)
1922 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1922 Torino  Teatro Regio Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1922 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1922  Firenze  Teatro Della Pergola Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1922  Montevarchi  Arena Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1923  Bologna  Teatro Comunale Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1923   Livorno  Teatro Goldoni Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1924  Roma Teatro Costanzi Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1926   Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1926  Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1930 Genova Politeama Genovese Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1930  Lucca Teatro Del Giglio Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1930 Palermo Politeama Garibaldi Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1931 La Spezia  Politeama Duca di Genova Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1931 Philadelphia  Teatro Metropolitan Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)
1933  Bologna Teatro Duse Andrea Chenier  (Chenier)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Gramophone, Milano 1912-03-01
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì all'azzurro Gramophone 052338, DB553

Gramophone, Milano 1912-03-07
Isabeau (Mascagni): E passerà la viva creatura 052340, DB557
Isabeau (Mascagni): Tu ch'odi lo mio grido 052339 DB557

Gramophone, Milano 1912-03-12
Africana (Meyerbeer): O Paradiso 052342 DB549

Gramophone, Milano 1912-03-13
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 052343 02366v

Gramophone, Milano 1912-03-08
Isabeau (Mascagni): I tuoi occhi with Valentina Bartolomasi 054347 02354v

Gramophone, Milano 1914-03-30
Otello (Verdi): Niun mi tema 052431 DB560
Carmen (Bizet): Ho nome Escamillo with Roberto  Janni 2-054056 DB554
Don Carlo (Verdi): Io t'ho perduto 052429 DB554

Gramophone, Milano 1914-03-31
Trovatore (Verdi): E degg'io, e posso with Maria Baldini, Roberto Janni, Vincenzo Bettoni & chorus 2-054057 746m

Gramophone, Milano 1914-04-04
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): Grazie Signor! with Maria Roggero 054478 752½m
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): O dolce voluttà with Maria Roggero 054479 753m
Iris (Mascagni): Or dammi il braccio tuo 052430 DB555

Gramophone, Milano 1917-04-25
Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre addio 2-052123 DB559
Trovatore (Verdi): Deserto sulla terra with Ernesto Badini 2-054088 DB644

Gramophone, Milano 1917-04-28
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with Maria Ruggero & chorus 2-054070 DB644

Gramophone, Milano 1917-05-02
Trovatore (Verdi): Mal reggendo with Elvira Casazza Gramophone 2-054073, DB561
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Sì, fui soldato Gramophone 2-052122, DB553
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira with chorus 2-052121 DB562

Victor, USA 1917-05-02
Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri monti with Elvira Casazza 6529

Gramophone, Milano 1917-05-09
Otello (Verdi): Dio mi potevi scagliar 2-052120 DB560
Trovatore (Verdi): Perigliarti ancor languente with Elvira Casazza 2-054077 DB561

Gramophone, Milano 1917-05-19
Otello (Verdi): Uragano ed Esultate with chorus 2-052119 DB559
Trovatore (Verdi): Primo che d'altri vivere with Maira  Ruggero & Ernesto Badini  2-054076 74709

Gramophone, Milano 1919-05-17
Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Ch'ella mi creda  DA997 7-52408
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Come un bel dì di maggio 7-52154 4317ah
Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Or son sei mesi DA997 7-52409

HMV, Milano 1922-05-20
Aida (Verdi): Di lei non più with Anna Gramegna 2-054126 DB551

HMV, Milano 1922-05-22
Aida  (Verdi): Pur ti riveggo with Irma Vigano 7-54023, DA171
Aida (Verdi): Fuggiam gli ardori with Irma Vigano 2-054127 DB550
Aida (Verdi): Sì, fuggiam with Anna Gramegna, Irma Vigano & Aristide Baracchi 2-054128 DB558

HMV, Milano 1922-05-27
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): Va, nella tua stanzetta with Irma Vigano 2-054129 DB558

HMV, Milano 1923-02-12
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Ora soave with Oltrabella 7-54026 BE978
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Vicino a te with Oltrabella 7-54027 BE979
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Vedi? La luce incerta with Oltrabella 2-054134 CE980

HMV, Milano 1923-02-14
Gioconda (Ponchielii): Già ti veggo with Ester Toninello, Ernesto Badini, Giuseppe Quinzi-Tapergi & chorus 2-054135, DB555

Victor, USA 1928-04-26
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah, si ben mio 6891





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