Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

Apr 30, 2015

Adelina Agostinelli (Soprano) (Bérgamo, Reino de Italia 1882 - Buenos Aires, Argentina 1954)






She studied singing in Milan with Giuseppe Quiroli, whom she later married.  She began her career in 1903 at the Teatro Fraschini at Pavia in “Fedora” of U. Giordano. The same year took part in ‘’Tosca‘’ of Giacomo Puccini . The following year, in  1904, appeared at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan in the opera ‘’Simon Boccanegra’’ of G. Verdi ,  opposite Mattia Battistini . In subsequent years, excelled in many theaters of South America , Russia , Spain , England , Italy and other countries of  Europe. Between 1908 and 1910 belonged to the ensemble of the Metropolitan Opera in New York . In 1911 she performed at La Scala in th premiere of the opera ‘’Der Rosenkavalier’’ by R. Strauss. Appeared for the first time in Argentina in 1908, at the Teatro Politeama,  participating in the operas ‘’Manon Lescaut’’ by G. Puccini and the following year joined the ensemble of the Teatro Colon, where she sang for several seasons. In 1910 she appeared in ‘’Mefistofele‘’ ,  ‘’La Boheme’’,  ‘’Il Battista’’ of  G. Fine and in ‘’Pagliacci’’.   In 1911 she starred in ''Thaïs'', ''Mefistofele'' , ''Don Carlo'' and ''La Fanciulla del West'',  sang again in August of that year at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo, Uruguay , opposite Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana and Titta Ruffo .  In 1916 she appeared in ‘’Boris Godunov’’,  ‘’The Mastersingers of Nuremberg’’,  ‘’Ballo in maschera’’ and ‘’Pagliacci’’.  Based in Buenos Aires, she began organizing opera companies and performances , at the Coliseum and Politeama.  On February 14 of  1925 she performed in ''Il Trovatore'' at the opening of the Teatro Verdi in Canada de Gomez , in the province of Santa Fe .  She retired from the stage in 1929, devoting himself to teaching.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Montichiari Sociale Elisir d'amore (Adina)
1903 Pordenone Licinio Boheme (Mimi)
1903 Torino Carignano Boheme (Mimi)
1903 Bari Petruzzelli Boheme (Mimi)
1904 Malta Reale Cavalleria Rusitcana (Santuzza)
1904 Smirne Sporting Club Boheme (Mimi)
1904 Smirne Sporting Club Cavalleria Rusitcana (Santuzza)
1904 Smirne Sporting Club Gioconda (Gioconda)
1904 Alessandria d'Egitto Alhambra Cavalleria Rusitcana (Santuzza)
1905 Atene Municipale Gioconda (Gioconda)
1905 Patrasso  Apollo Boheme (Mimi)
1905 Patrasso  Apollo Cavalleria Rusitcana (Santuzza)
1905 Patrasso  Apollo Gioconda (Gioconda)
1905 Algeri Municipal Boheme (Mimi)
1905 Liegi Reale Boheme (Mimi)
1905 Kharkov Dukova Aida (Aida)
1905 Malaga Cervantes Aida (Aida)
1905 Liegi Opera Aida (Aida)
1905 Liegi Opera Cavalleria Rusitcana (Santuzza)
1905 Liegi Opera Elisir d'amore (Adina)
1905 Bruxelles Alhambra Aida (Aida)
1905 Bruxelles Alhambra Cavalleria Rusitcana (Santuzza)
1905 Bruxelles Alhambra Elisir d'amore (Adina)
1905 Bruxelles Alhambra Gioconda (Gioconda)
1905 Anversa  Varietes Boheme (Mimi)
1905 Marsiglia Gymnase Cavalleria Rusitcana (Santuzza)
1905 Nimes Anfiteatro Boheme (Mimi)
1905 Barcellona Novedades Boheme (Mimi)
1905  Palma di Majorca Principal Boheme (Mimi)
1905 Anversa  Varietes Aida (Aida) Boheme (Mimi)
1905 Amsterdam Palei Voor Volksvlijt Cavalleria Rusitcana (Santuzza)
1906 Santiago del Cile Municipal Aida (Aida)
1906 Messina  Vittorio Emanuele Don Pasquale (Norina)
1906 Santiago del Cile Municipal Amica (Amica)
1906 Santiago del Cile Municipal Lohengrin (Elsa)
1906 Rio de Janeiro Parco Fluminense Aida (Aida)
1906 Bari Petruzzelli Amica (Amica)
1906 Bari Petruzzelli Lohengrin (Elsa)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Edison 4-min cylinders, Milano 1908?
Traviata (Verdi): Addio del passato B170 BA28159
Bohème (Puccini): Mi chiamano Mimì B172
Bohème (Puccini): O soave fanciulla with Parola B174

Edison, London 1911-01
Aida (Verdi): O patria mia unpubl. 533-A
Don Carlos (Verdi): Tu che la vanità unpubl. 534-A

Edison, London 1912-07
Iris (Mascagni): Ho fatto un triste sogno... S'era malata unpubl. 1140-A
Faust (Gounod): Air des bijoux unpubl. 1147-A

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