Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Aug 7, 2013

Giuseppe La Puma (Baritone) (Palermo 1870 - Chicago 1940)





He received his education in his hometown Palermo under the pedagogue Antonio Cantelli. In 1894 he made his debut; after he had appeared as successful baritone first in Italy, he went early to North America. He appeared there in the centers of the music life and had above all a significant career as a member of traveling opera societies. Thus he was active from 1920-25 with the San Carlo Opera Company. By the end of his career which lasted till the 1930’s he appeared primarily in buffo roles.

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Palermo  Teatro Bellini    Don Pasquale (Malatesta)
1896 Reggio Calabria  Teatro Comunael Forza del Destino (Melitone)
1898 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Lohengrin (Araldo)
1900 Venezia   Teatro La Fenice La Cenerentola di E.Wolf Ferrari (Nasturzio)
1902 Varsavia Teatro Imperiale Stagione
1904 Torino Teatro Carignano Mirandolina di A.Lozzi
1906 Cremona Teatro Ponchielli Hansel e Gretel (Pietro)
1908 Oporto Teatro San Joao Favorita (Alfonso)
1910 Buenos Ayres Teatro Marconi    Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
1912 Novara Teatro Coccia Isabeau (Cornelius)
1914 Genova Teatro Margherita Elisir d'Amore (Dulcamara)
1916 Logansport Nelson Theater Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico)
1920 Havana   Teatro Nacional Boheme (Benoit/Alcindoro)
1924 Asheville Auditorium Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo)
1927 New York Weaf's Broadcasting Fra' Diavolo (Rockburg)
1929 Philadelphia Academy of Music Boheme (Benoit/Alcindoro)
1930 New York NBC Broadcasting   Manon Lescaut (Geronte)


RECORDINGS FOR SALE









Zonophone, New York 1905/1906
Pescatori di Perle (Bizet):  Del tempio al limitar with Ernesto Colli 12550   
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Ernesto Colli  12548


Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1908?
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Voi dovreste traverstirvi with Pietro Lara 37609
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Numero quindici with Pietro Lara 37610          
Lohengrin (Wagner): Vendetta avro with Giannina Lucacewska 37656                       
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Bella siccome un angelo 37671

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