Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Jun 5, 2014

Giuseppe Reschiglian (Tenor) (Padova 1875 - Amsterdam 1949)

He began his career as an oratorios and churches singer. He made his debut in 1895 at Sociale of Pordenone in ‘’Ruy Blas’’. He appeared as a lyric tenor in the leading Italian theaters and sang parts like the Nemorino in ‘’Elisir d'amore’’, Alfredo in ‘’ Traviata’’, Ernesto in ‘’ Don Pasquale’’ and Elvino in Bellini’s ‘’Sonnambula’’. In 1915 he was engaged by the Italian opera company to appear in Holland. Together with the soprano Margherita Bevignani and the baritone Luigi Mazzoleni he decided to remain there, because of the insecurity of the war relations. Three artists put together an opera troupe with which they organized opera performances in 1918 at the the Theatre Carré,Amsterdam. Famous conductor Willem Mengelberg allowed  him to sing the part  of tenor-solo in Verdi's Requiem. After the First World War he continued his career in Italy. By the invitation of his brother Vincenzo Reschiglian (1874-1955), who was engaged for decades as a Comprimario at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, he came to USA and sang there first as a mamber of the San Carlo Opera Company, then at the opera house of Philadelphia (1925-29). In 1938 he moved his activity again to Holland and now worked as a pedagogue in Amsterdam. Still in 1941 he gave in the Dutch broadcasting company a concert with modern Italian songs.

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Pordenone Teatro Sociale  Ruy Blas (Ruy Blas)
1898 Bologna  Teatro Comunale La Resurrezione di Lazzaro di L. Perosi
1900 Novara Teatro Coccia Il Trillo Del Diavolo di S.Falchi (Tartini)
1902 Firenze Teatro Niccolini Linda di Chamonix (Carlo)
1904 Foggia Teatro Dauno Mignon (Guglielmo)
1913 Genova Teatro Margherita Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1915 Fano  Teatro Della Fortuna Rigoletto (Duca)
1917 Amsterdam Concertgebouw Concerto
1920 Milano Teatro Carcano Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1926 Venezia   Teatro La Fenice Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1930 Cincinnati Civic Opera    Iris (Cenciaiolo/Merciaiolo)                            
1933 Venezia   Liceo Musicale Benedetto Marcello  Stabat Mater di G. Rossini

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