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Forgotten Opera Singers
May 17, 2014
Maria Santoliva Villani (Soprano) (1875 - 1948)
After finishing her education she had her first
success in guest performances at the Teatro Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo, at
the Teatro Mercadante in Naples, at the Teatro Della Pergola in Firenze and at
the Teatro Coccia in Novara. In Livorno she
sang in A. Ponchielli’s ‘’Gioconda’’. In
1905 she made guest appearance at the Opera House of Odessa in ‘’Trovatore’’ and ‘’Ugonotti’’. In 1908 she appeared
at the Polietama Rossini in Tunis.
In Spain she sang at the Teatro
Principal of Valencia.
In 1909 she sang at the Teatro Bellini in Naples;
in 1910, with an Italian opera troupe, to which also belonged the famous baritone
Mattia Battistini, she performed in Bucharest.
She was married the bass-baritone Roberto Villani, who belonged to the Italian
singer's family Villani. Her daughter Renata Villani was a known soprano. She
retired from the stage in 1924.
Chronology of some appearances
Teatro Politeama Garibaldi Ruy Blas (Maria) 1903 Novara Teatro Coccia Germania (Ricke)
1905 Naples Teatro Mercadante Lucrezia
1905 Odessa Opera House
Teatro Principal Tosca (Tosca) 1906 Firenze Teatro Della Pergola Tosca (Tosca)