Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Jan 4, 2016

Luigi Marletta (Tenor) (Alexandria, Egypt 1895 - Italy ?)

                      Leon Laffitte, Leon Laffitte, Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta, William Miller

First he was a pupil of maestro Vallaro in Casale Monferrato,  then studied singing at the Conservatorio di Milano under Vincenzo Pintorno. In 1923 he made his debut as Manrico in ''Il Trovatore'' at  the Teatro  Carcano in Milano. Then during many years he appeared at the famous italian opera houses: Torino (Teatro Regio), Venezia (Teatro La Fenice), Napoli (Teatro San Carlo), Genova (Teatro Carlo Felice) and at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He achieved his great success at guest performances in South America, particularly in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. He also made guest appearances  at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, at the Royal Opera House in Malta and took part in the tours of the traveling opera Carro di Tespi Lirico through Italy. Conductors like Arturo Toscanini and Tullio Serafin highly appreciated his interpretations. His repertoire included (Radames in ''Aida'', Manrico in ''Il Trovatore'', Alvaro in ''La forza del destino'', Arnoldo in G. Rossini's ''Guglielmo Tell'', Vasco in G. Meyerbeer's ''L'Africana''). Since 1927 he was married the contralto Camilla Rota (1899-1977). He made two records for Columbia.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Milano Teatro Carcano Trovatore (Manrico)
1924 Parma Teatro Regio La forza del destino (Alvaro)
1935 Como Teatro Sociale Guglielmo Ratcliff (Guglielmo)
1942 Cagliari Politeama Regina Trovatore (Manrico)


Columbia, Milano 1925/1926
Trovatore (Verdi): Deserto sulla terra D5267 B867

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