Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Oct 21, 2014

Mario Laurenti (Baritone) (Verona 1890 - New York 1922)

His real name was Luigi Cavadani. He was sent to the engineer's study to Germany. His voice was discovered in Dresden and he began here to study singing. In 1914 he came to North America and joined to the choir of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Here in 1916 he made his debut as comprimario in G. Puccini's ''Manon Lescaut''. During six years he sang in this opera house. In the 1920-21 season he appeared with the Scotti Opera Company and sang among other things the role of Sharpless in ''Madama Butterfly'', Valentin in ''Faust'' of C. Gounod, Silvio in ''Pagliacci'' and Enrico in ''Lucia di Lammermoor''. In 1919 he took part at the Metropolitan Opera in the premiere of the opera ''L'Oiseau blue'' by Albert Wolff. In 1921 he performed there in the première of the opera "Die tote Stadt" by Korngold in the part of Fritz as a partner of Maria Jeritza, in 1921 in U. Giordano's ''Andrea Chénier'', in 1922 in ''Snegourotchka'' of Rimsky-Korssakov. His last appearance at the Metropolitan Opera occurred on 20. 2. 1922 as Fléville in ''Andrea Chénier''. Two weeks later he died of a meningitis after a Pneumonie.

Chronology of some appearances

1916-1922 New York Metropolitan Opera


Edison, New York 1918-09-25
La forza del destino (Verdi): Urna fatale 29059 6381-A

Edison, New York 1918-10-27
Rigoletto (Verdi):  Cortigiani, vil razza dannata  29035 6481-C

Edison, New York 1918/1921
Tre giorni son che Nina (Pergolesi) 29077 7714-C

Edison, New York 1921-03-21
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Silvio! A Quest'ora with Claudia Muzio 82247 856-C 

Edison, New York 1921-05-13
Jongleur de Notre-Dame (Massenet): Légende de la sauge 82259 7984-C

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