Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 11, 2011

Attilio Barbieri (Tenor) (Parma 1896 - Milan 1967)


He was artisan of the chisel and he sang in the Choral Euterpe. A patron, the industrialist Richard Barilla, made him study song, with Annibale Pizzarelli before, then with the tenor Giuseppe Borgatti, finally with Amilcare Zanella. Despite the high hopes that Borgatti put back in himthat Borgatti the true glory not the arrises never. In Aug. 1926 he sang in a concert of the school of Borgatti at Teatro di Colorno and has come back a week later and sang under the direction of Renzo Martini as Turiddu in ''Cavalleria rusticana'' at the Teatro Politeama Reinach in Parma, where he appeared in the same opera in the following spring. On  26. 04. 1927 with Borgatti he took part in a concert at the Gande Sala of the Liceo Musicale in Bologna. On  Oct. 1927 he appeared at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan in ''Isabeau'' of Mascagni, then he sang in Asti as Radames in ''Aida''. In 1928 he was successful in ''Aida'' and ''Il Trovatore'' at the Teatro Miramare di Tripoli. In the 1928-29 season at the Teatro Regio di Parma, there was a massacre of Radames: they fell one after the other Giuseppe Radaelli, Antonino Trantoul and Francesco Merli. The manager didn't know whether to do for the last 2 performances. For the two performances it sang Attilio Barbieri. It was his moment of glory: then the career continued on less important stages.

Chronology of some appearances

1926 Parma Politeama Reinach Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1927 Parma Politeama Reinach Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1927 Bologna Concert Gande Sala of the Liceo Musicale
1927 Milan Teatro Dal Verme Isabeau (Folco)
1927 Asti Teatro Alfieri Aida (Radames)
1928 Tripoli Miramare Aida (Radames)
1928  Tripoli Teatro Miramare Trovatore (Manrico)
1929 Parma Teatro Regio Aida (Radames)



Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1928-01-11
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Ridi pagliacci  168112 Pho 6095

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1928-01-12
Fanciulla del west (Puccini): Ch'ella mi creda  168198 Pho 6101

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1928-01-13
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): O Lola 120154 XXPh 6111

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1928-06-15
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Addio alla madre 120154 XXPh 6312
Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre addio  168198 Pho 6313

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1929-12-10
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): Comprendi quello with Mazza 172098 Xxpho 6517
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): Va nella tua stanzetta with Mazza 172098 XXpho  6514

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1929-12-11
Isabeau (Mascagni): I tuoi occhi with Tina Poli Randaccio  172104 XXPho 6523
Isabeau (Mascagni): Ch’to fugga with Tina Poli Randaccio  172104 XXPho 6522

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1929-12-12
Isabeau (Mascagni): Il sogno e Dio 168394 Pho 6528

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1929-12-14
Isabeau (Mascagni): L’occhio e cieco  168394 Pho 6532

1 comment:

  1. Attilo Barbieri was my grandfather, I and my cusins made a book with a good number of pictures to remember him and leave to our sons and daughter something.
    I remember my father told me so many disk 78 rpm was lost during the second war cause Odeon factory burn during a bombing.
    We have some records and we made a CD also.
    If somebody has some record or disk I'd like to contact him to share.
    Silvio Barbieri