Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 23, 2011

Alfredo Tedeschi (Tenor) (San Fratello, Messina 1882 - Milan 1967)

His real name was Alfio Tedesco, which he also used in his appearances in North America. He was a pupil of  M. Ortisi. Debuted in 1902 at the Teatro Alfieri, Asti as Elvino in ‘’La Sonnambula’’. During the following twenty years he had a successful career as a lyrical tenor in the bigger Italian provincial theatres. In the 1923-24 season he also appeared at La Scala as Arturo in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor ‘’. In 1915 and 1927 he guested at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, in 1928 he sang there as fisherman in the première of the opera ‘’Le Rossignol’’ of Strawinski, also as Nicias in ‘’Thaïs’’ of Massenet and in the premiere of the Argentine opera ’’Chrysantheme’’ of Peacan del Sar. In 1922 he performed in Arena di Verona as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. In 1920 he guested at the Municipal theatre of Zurich. In 1926 he sang at the MET, New York as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. His career lasted very much long; still in 1945 he is to be heard at the Teatro Grattacielo, Genova. He spent the last years at the "Casa di Riposo G. Verdi" in Milan.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Asti Teatro Alfieri Sonnambula (Elvino)
1903 Barcellona Teatro Novedades    Puritani (Arturo)
1905 Novara Teatro Faraggiana Sonnambula (Elvino)
1908 Firenze Politeama Nazionale  Werther (Werther)
1913 Kiev Teatro Solodownikoff  Ernani (Ernani)
1915 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Mignon (Guglielmo)
1920 Modena Teatro Storchi Stagione
1922 Empoli  Teatro Salvini Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1925 Milano  Teatro Carcano  Amico Fritz (Fritz)
1927 Torino Teatro Di Torino Italiana in Algeri (Lindoro)
1930 New York  Teatro Metropolitan Concerto
1936 Roma  Teatro Dell'Opera Orseolo di I. Pizzetti (Marino Orseolo)
1938 Palermo Teatro Massimo Francesca da Rimini (Malatestino)
1943 'S-Gravenhage Gebouw voor Kunsten en Watenschappen  Falstaff (Bardolfo)
1945 Genova Pagliacci (Arlecchino)



Pathe-AICC cylinders & discs, Milano 1903?
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Se il mio nome 84091
Rigoletto (Verdi):  La donna è mobile 84095
Germania (Franchetti):  Non chiuder gli occhi 84097
Fedora (Giordano):  Amor ti vieta 84102

Pathé, Milano 1906?
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 86191
Iris (Mascagni) Apri la tua finestra 86205
Rigoletto (Verdi) Questa o quella 86195
Iris (Mascagni) Il bacio 86204

Disco America
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Siciliana 31634 M510

Beka, Milano 1913/1914?
Lohengrin (Wagner): Mercè cigno gentil 42318
Werther (Massenet): Ah! Non mi ridestar 42320

Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni):  Siciliana 296a 42336
Lohengrin (Wagner):  Marce Cigno gentil 296b 42318

Victor, New York 1928-04-05
Ernani (Verdi): O sommo Carlo with Anthony, De Luca & chorus 8174 CVE43615-2


  1. Hi, great information! I actually have a Casa America record with Cavalleria Rusticana Siciliana by Alfredo Tedeschi. Can you sahre please which could be the price of this item? thx.

  2. Hi, I actually have a Casa America Cavalleria Rusticana Siciliana by Alfredo Tedeschi. Can you share which could be the price of this item? Thx.

    1. Hello. Thank you for your comments. I'm selling only CDs, I don't know the proce of that 78 rpm.
      All the best