Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Oct 24, 2014

Augusto Ferrauto (Tenor) (Napoli 1903 - Napoli 1986)

He received his education in his hometown Naples. After his debut at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona as Rodolfo in G. Puccini's ''La Bohème'', he sang at the famous Italian opera houses, among other things in the 1935-1938 seasons at the Opera House in Rome (Luigi in G. Puccini's ''Il Tabarro'', Rinuccio in ''Gianni Schicchi'', Pinkerton in ''Madama Butterfy'', in 1942 in the Italian première of O. Gerster's' ''Enoch Arden''), in 1938 at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (as Enzo in ''La Gioconda'' by A. Ponchielli), in 1939 at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, in the 1940-1942 seasons at the Teatro Alla Scala. His career reached the climax in the 1944-1946 seasons, when he sang at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. He guested with the ensemble of the Teatro San Carlo in 1946 in London. His extensive repertoire included roles like the Radames in ''Aida'', Riccardo in ''Un ballo in maschera'', Rodolfo in ''La Bohème'', Cavaradossi in ''Tosca'', Calaf in ''Turandot'', Enzo in ''La Gioconda'' by A. Ponchielli, Turiddu in ''Cavalleria Rusticana'', Canio in ''Pagliacci'' and Don José in ''Carmen''. He also appeared in contemporary operas of Zandonai, Rocca, Malipiero and in other modern works. In 1935 he sang at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in the premiere of the opera ''Liolà'' by Giuseppe Mulè, in 1938 at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova in the opera ''Donata''of Gaspare Scuderi. After ending of his career he worked in Naples as a singing teacher.

Chronology of some appearances

1935-1938 Rome Opera House
1938 Bologna Teatro Comunale
1939 Florence Teatro Comunale
1940-1942 Milan Teatro Alla Scala
1944-1946 Naples Teatro San Carlo


Cetra, 1937-11-06
Bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina CB20246 2-70073
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle CB20246 2-70074

Cetra, 1938-07-14/15
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia CB20248 2-70124
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Addio fiorito asil CB20280 2-70125
Turandot (Puccini): Non piangere, Liù CB20248 2-70126
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì, all'azzurro spazio CB20281 2-70130

Cetra, 1940-06-28
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar CC2302 2-70449

Cetra, 1940-06-29
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior CB20282 2-70450
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Mamma, quel vino è generoso CB20282 2-70451
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Sì, fui soldato CB20281 2-70452
Turandot (Puccini): Nessun dorma CB20280 2-70454

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