Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 24, 2013

Giovanni Borracelli (Tenor)

He made his debut approximately in 1919 at the Teatro Carcano in Milan. In the 1921-1922 season he made guest appearances in Alessandria and Cairo performing in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’ and ‘’Andrea Chenier’’. Guest appearances followed in Buenos Aires (1926-1927) and Guadalajara (1928). In Italy Borracelli sang in Rome (Teatro Costanzi), Bologna (Teatro Duse), Livorno (Politeama), Palermo (Politeama Garibaldi) and Messina (Arena Peloro). He retired from the stage approximately in 1937.

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Milano Teatro Carcano Pamperos di A.Ottolenghi
1920 Milano Teatro Verdi Rigoletto (Duca)
1921 Alessandria d'Egitto Teatro Alhambra Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1922 Cairo Kursaal Dalbagni Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1923 Milano Teatro Fossati Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1924 Lugo Teatro Rossini Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1925 Palermo Politeama Garibaldi Forza del Destino (Alvaro)
1926 Trapani Teatro Garibaldi Gioconda (Enzo)
1927 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1928 Guadalajara Teatro Degollado Traviata (Alfredo)
1932 Catania Anfiteatro Ganci Rigoletto (Duca)
1934 Palermo Politeama Garibaldi Lucia di lammermoor (Edgardo)
1935 Palermo Teatro Biondo Norma (Pollione)
1937 Rovigo Teatro Sociale Forza del Destino (Alvaro)


I wish to thank Carlo Borracelli  for providing me this recording

Canta pe' me (De Curtis)  40171b


  1. I knew very well the tenor Giovanni Borracelli, lived in the same building in the '80s. I would like to contact Mr. Carlo Borracelli, which I think is a relative, I would like the town of Grosseto dedicate the name of a street Giovanni Borracelli. I am grateful in advance.

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  3. Oh my god.... I couldn't find information on him anywhere... He is my great grandfather... My grandmother being Olga Borracelli.. Thank you whomever wrote this you are amazing... I thought he was forgotten... My grandmother was born 1919 and well I carried on with the Borracelli gift of music playing 8 instruments and I can sing very well, my first non childrens song I learned to sing was la Donne el mobile

    1. Hello. Thank you for your comment, you can buy his recording Canta pe' me (De Curtis) 40171b

      All the best

    2. Send 5$ on my paypal address - and give me your email to make a upload for you Giovanni Borracelli's recording. It's extremely rare.
      All the best

    3. I known your grandmother, the daughter of Giovanni Borracelli. I do not remember her name but I'm sure he lived in the US, I think in Salt Lake City. He had a brother, Gianfranco, who was buried in the same cemetery of his father, in Grosseto. Gianfranco I think he had two children, a male who lived in Paris in the 1980s and a female living with his mother in Africa.
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