Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

Dec 30, 2014

Mafalda De Voltri (Soprano) (Bergamo 1889 - Milano 1966)



Her real name was Elvira Anna Maria Minari. She made her debut in 1919 at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan in ‘’La Wally’’ by A. Catalani. The next year at the same opera house in Milan she appeared as Gilda in G. Verdi’s ‘’Rigoletto’’. In 1921 she sang at the Teatro Politeama Verdi in Cremona in ‘’La Bohème’’. In the 1924-1925 season she appeared as Violetta at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo and at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. In 1924 at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli she sang in the première of the opera ‘’I Compagnacci’’ by P. Riccitelli, the next year in ՛՛Cavaliere Della Rosa՛՛, in 1926 in the première of R. Zandonai’s ‘’I Cavalieri di Ekebù’’. She made guest appearances in Cairo, Paris, Cannes and Zürich. Later she lived at the Casa di riposo Verdi in Milan.

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Fedora (Olga)
1920 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Rigoletto (Gilda)
1921 Cremona Politeama Verdi Boheme (Mimì)
1922 Carrara Politeama Verdi Rigoletto (Gilda)
1923 Alessandria d'Egitto Teatro Zizinia Traviata (Violetta)
1924 Brescia Teatro Grande Rigoletto (Gilda)
1925 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Traviata (Violetta)
1926 Malta Teatro Reale Pescatori di Perle (Leila)
1927 Malta Teatro Reale Pagliacci (Nedda)
1928 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Traviata (Violetta)
1929 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Giuliano (Reginella)
1930 Salsomaggiore Teatro Poggio Diana Il Piccolo Marat (Mariella)
1932 Cannes Opera Stagione

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Columbia, Milano 1924/1928
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Un bel dì D5246
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): In quelle trine morbide D5246
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Voi lo sapete D5138 B384 
Ave Maria (Gounod) D5981 WB1379
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): Sei tu? Che cosa vieni a fare with Hipolito Lazaro  D 18006 WBX-42
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): P2 with Hipolito Lazaro  D 18006 WBX-43
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): P3 with Hipolito Lazaro  D 18003 WBX-38
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): P4 with Hipolito Lazaro  D 18003 WBX-39
Cena delle beffe (Giordano): Mi svestii P1, P2 with Hipolito Lazaro  WBX-55, WBX-56


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