Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Aug 1, 2013

Albertina Cassani (Soprano) (Bologna 1887 - ? 1965)




At the age of 18 she she made her debut at the municipal theatre of Portogruaro. From 1905-31 she appeared at different Italian theatres. In 1917 she had at the Teatro Regio of Parma a special success as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’ of Verdi. She was appreciated in Spain where she guested in Madrid and Barcelona, above all, however, in Holland. Since 1911 she appeared many times as prima donna at the Italian opera house in Holland. Later she was active as a pedagogue in Bologna.

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Portogruaro Teatro Sociale Carmen (Micaela)
1907 Modena  Teatro Municipale Werther (Sofia)
1909 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Pagliacci (Nedda)
1910 Cremona Politeama Verdi Don Pasquale (Norina)
1912 Amsterdam Paleis Voor Volksvlijt Carmen (Micaela)
1914 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia)
1916 Bologna  Teatro Verdi Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia)
1918 Malta Teatro Reale Mignon (Filina)
1920 Humacao Teatro Victoria Stagione Compagnia Bracale
1922 Como Teatro Sociale Rigoletto (Gilda)
1923 Livorno Teatro Rossini    Pescatori di Perle (Leila)
1925 Livorno Teatro Avvalorati Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia)
1927 Pisa Teatro Verdi Traviata (Violetta)
1929 Palermo  Politeama Garibaldi Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1931 Ferrara Teatro Comunale Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia)


RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Phonodisc, Milano 1908/1909?
Carmen (Bizet): Io dico no, non son paurosa 13
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): So anch'io la virté magica 20

Lyrophon, Milano? 1911/1912?
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell'amore  with Oggero, Garroni and Omodei J 544

Edison, Italy 1912?
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): La morale in tutto questo Unpubl. 44770

Beka
Faust (Gounod): Dammi ancor with Pietro Bersellini 42088

Columbia, Milano 1913?
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Regnava nel silenzio D4556 42201
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Quando rapita in estasi D4556 42205


2 comments:

  1. The great German poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote letters to her, published as "Briefe an eine Reisegefaehrtin". Her nickname was Putzi. She also appears as Cassani-Boehmer. Does your question mark pertain to her birth or death year? I have 1891 for birth, but didn't write down the source for it at the time.

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    1. Thanks a lot for your letter, I didn't know that, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote letters to her. I also don't know where she died, in what city.
      All the best
      Ashot

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