Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 4, 2016

Franco Zaccarini (Bass) (Milano, Italia 1890 - ? 1942)

He studied singing at the Liceo Musicale of Santa Cecilia in Roma and  made his debut in 1919 at the Teatro Comunale in Carpi as Roucher in ‘’Andrea Chenier’’. In 1922 he sang during a season at the Paleis voor Volksvljit in Amsterdam and between 1920 and 1930 had a significant career at the Italian provincial operatic stages. In 1924 he appeared at the Teatro Costanzi in Roma as Colline in ‘’La Bohème’’ and Bramino in ‘’Africaine’’. In the 1931-1932 season he sang at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genvoa among other things the part of Fiesco in ‘’Simon Boccanegra’’ and Wallace in ‘’La Fanciulla del West’’. In the 1935-1938 seasons he appeared at La Scala in Milano in the followings operas: ‘’Turandot’’ (Timur), ‘’Wally’’ (Stromminger), ‘’Aida’’ (Ramfis) and ‘’Tosca’’ (Angelotti). He retired from the stage in 1941. 

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Carpi Teatro Comunale Andrea Chenier (Roucher)
1922 Amsterdam Paleis voor Volksvljit Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo)
1924 Roma Teatro Costanzi La Bohème (Colline)
1931 Genvoa Teatro Carlo Felice Simon Boccanegra (Fiesco)
1935 Milano La Scala Turandot (Timur)
1941 Milano Teatro Lirico Gioconda (Alvise)


HMV, Milano 1929-02-13
Mefistofele (Boito): Se tu mi doni un'ora with Giuseppe Garutti S10080 (0254018)

Electrola, 1930-05-06
Rigoletto (Verdi): Signor?... Va non ho niente with Apollo Graforte DB 1475 32-1542

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