Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 16, 2014

Leo Piccioli (Baritone) (Firenze 1899 - Milano 1962)

He was a pupil of Eugenio Giachetti in Florence. He made his debut at the Teatro Alfieri of Florence as Figaro in Rossini’s ‘’Barbierei di Siviglia’’ (1922). In 1925 he made guest appearance at Manhattan Opera House of New York. The next year he appeared in Holland (Amsterdam, Hague). Here he sang with great success and performed in Holland till 1938. His famous roles were Zurga in ‘’Pêcheurs de perles’’ of Bizet with the tenor Luigi Fort as a partner, Figaro in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’, Marcello in ‘’La Bohème’’, Ford in ‘’Falstaff’’ of Verdi and in many other Italian and French roles. In Italy he appeared basically in provincial theaters, however, sang in 1938 at La Scala of Milan in ‘’Le nozze di Figaro’’ of Mozart. In 1953 he sang in Nice and again in Holland. After his retirement he worked some years as a vocal pedagogue in Milan.

Chronology of some appearances

1922 Florence Teatro Alfieri Barbierei di Siviglia (Figaro)
1925 New York Manhattan Opera House  Faust (Valentino)
1938 Milan La Scala Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro)


I Pescatori di perle (Bizet): Del tempio al limitar with Luigi Fort  CQ1393 CB6149
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Numero quindici with Luigi Fort CQ1393 CB6150
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Luigi Fort DQ1976 CB7657
Boheme (Puccini): O Mimì tu più non torni with Luigi Fort DQ 1976 CB7655
Rigoletto (Verdi): Pari siamo CQ 1977 CB7656

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