Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Nov 27, 2011

Edgardo Gherlinzoni (Tenor) (Stellata di Bondeno 1876 - Ferrara 1961)

He learned at first the occupation of a shoemaker. then he took vocal lessons and debuted as an operetta singer. After additional study he turned to the opera making his debut in 1905 at the Teatro Carignano of  Turin as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’. His star role was Arturo in Bellini’s ‘’I Puritani’’ which he sang in 1908 at the Teatro Real in Madrid as a partner of Graziella Pareto. He also appeared at the Conservatory of St. Petersburg, at the opera theatres of Cairo, Brussels and Warsaw. Nevertheless, his stage activity did not last much longer than 18 years; his big stage roles were Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’, Rodolfo in ‘’La Bohème’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Enzo in ‘’La Gioconda’’. After the First World War, in 1918 he finished his career and became a businessman, but without success. Then he lived in Ferrara, last in the most poor relations, given singing lessons and still appeared in concerts. In the end, he was taken up in an old people's home.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 Turin Teatro Carignano Rigoletto (Duke)
1908 Madrid Teatro Real Puritani (Arturo)
1909 Conservatory St. Petersburg Puritani (Arturo)
1910 Rovigo Teatro Sociale Mefistofele(Faust)
1911 Bologna Teatro Verdi Puritani (Arturo)
1912 Rimini Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Mefistofele (Faust)
1913 Novara Teatro Coccia Traviata (Alfredo)
1914 Pistoia Politeama Mabellini Puritani (Arturo)
1915 Messina Teatro Mastroieni Puritani (Arturo)
1916 Modena Teatro Storchi Puritani (Arturo)



Columbia, Milano
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Finale, act 3, pt 1 with Omodei, Rossato & Migliardi D9239 10916
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Finale, act 3, pt 2 with Omodei, Rossato & Migliardi D9239 10917
Bohème (Puccini): O Mimì, tu più with Ercole Omodei D9263 10920
Puritani (Bellini): Vieni fra queste braccia with Adele Pasini  D1599 10941
Bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina D 17506 74708
Rigoletto (Verdi): E' il sol dell'anima with Adele Pasini  C2043 10942
Rigoletto (Verdi): Un di, se ben rammentomi...Bella figlia dell'amore D4261 10980
Mascotte (Audran): L'ambito fin, raggiunto io l'ho D 4296 11098
Moschettieri al Convento: Saria mai ver D 4296 11100
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar D17506 74709


1 comment:

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