Forgotten Opera Singers

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

May 10, 2014

Amleto Galli (Bass) (Bologna 1886 - Milano 1949)

First he became an apprentice to a shoemaker, then an engraver. After his voice had been discovered, he visited only five months the conservatoire of Bologna and he was also practically an autodidact. He was a very many-sided gifted artist, beside his career as a singer he showed substantial talents as a painter and sculptor and dealt with the astronomy. Probably he made his debut in 1905 and sang first at the smaller Italian stages. In the 1911-12 season he was to be heard at the Teatro alla Scala in the classical opera ‘’Armida’’ of Gluck. In 1914 he performed there in the premiere of the opera ‘’L'Ombra di Don Giovanni’’ of F. Alfano. In 1922 he took part at the Teatro alla Scala in the premiere of I. Pizzetti’s opera ‘’Debora e Jaele’’. One of his brilliant achievements was the role of Lunardo in ‘’Quattro rusteghi’’ of Wolf-Ferrari. In 1936 he sang with great success at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa in the premiere of the opera ‘’Giulio Cesare’’ by G. Fr. Malipiero.

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Venezia Teatro Rossini Le Nozze Istriane di A.Smareglia (Menico)
1908 Pistoia Politeama Mabellini Carmen (Zuniga)
1911 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo)
1913 Milano Teatro La Scala Oberon (Almansor)
1915 Parma Politeama Reinach Lohengrin (Araldo)
1917 Padova Teatro Garibaldi Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo)
1920 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Pescatori di Perle (Nourrabad)
1924 Padova Teatro Garibaldi Ballo in Maschera (Samuel)
1930 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Tosca (Angelotti)
1933 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Gianni Schicchi (Spinelloccio/Ser Amantio)
1937 Rovigo Teatro Sociale Traviata (Douphol)
1940 Foggia Teatro Flagella I Quattro Rusteghi di E.Wolf Ferrari (Cancian)
1941 Vicenza Teatro Verdi I Quattro Rusteghi di E.Wolf Ferrari (Cancian)


Victor, USA 1910-12-09
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Si, morir 55019 236aj

Fonografia Nazionale
Mefistofele (Boito): Son lo spirito (Canzone del fischio) 682

Pathé, Milano 1921?
Mefistofele (Boito): Ballata del mondo 10334 86705
Mefistofele (Boito): Ave Signor 10334 86706

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