Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

Jul 27, 2015

Gregorio Gabrielesco (Tenor) (Craiova 1859 - Craiova 1915)



                                                                    Otello

His real name was Grigore Gabrielescu. First he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art in Bucharest, then finished the faculty of law at the University of Bucharest. He made his debut in ‘’Martha’’ of Flotow (1880). With the help of Adelina Patti, he attended the Conservatory in Rome (1885). After finishing he appeared at la Scala in Milan, Teatro Reale ofMadrid, Theatro Son Carlo of Lisbon and in other famous theatres of MontevideoRio de Janeiroand Buenos Aires. In 1889 he appeared at La Scala in Milan in the world premiere of Puccini’s opera ‘’Edgar’’ singing the role of Edgar. In the same year he also performed at La Scala, Milan opposite Antonio Magini-Coletti and Romilda Pantaleoni in Donizetti’s ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’.Was among the first four major tenors of the world authorized by Verdi to sing the title role in Otello. Probably he retired from the stage in 1894. Honorary Member of the Academy of music in Lisbon he was a director of the National Theatre in Craiova (1904) and the school of music of the  Elefterie şi Maria Cornetti (1911-1915). He never made records.

Chronology of some appearances

1889 Milan La Scala Edgar (Edgar)
1889 Milan La Scala Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)


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