Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 1, 2011

Giuseppe Quinzi Tapergi (Bass) (Rome 1881 – Milan 1931)

He made his debut in 1905 at the Teatro Alighieri in  Ravenna in ‘’Adriana Lecouvreur’’. At the beginning of his career he sang in 1908 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. In 1909 he appeared at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan in Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’. In 1911 he was very successful at the Teatro Regio in Parma where he sang as Pimen in the première of ‘’Boris Godunov’’ with Eugenio Giraldoni in the title part; he appeared there also as Mefistofele in the opera of the same name of Boito and as Sparafucile in ‘’Rigoletto’’ (with Amelita Galli-Curci in the role of the Gilda). In 1911 he sang at La Scala; here he appeared as Geronimo in Cimarosa’s opera ‘’Matrimonio segreto’’ and in the premiere of the opera ‘’Fior di Neve’’ of Filiasi. In the 1923 season he helped at La Scala in performances of Puccini’s ‘’Gianni Schicchi’’. In 1911 he was to be heard at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Here he sang among other things as Geronimo in Cimarosa’s opera ‘’Matrimonio segreto’’ and there helped in the première of Puccini’s ‘’La Fanciulla del West’’. In 1914 he was again at the Teatro Colón where he appeared with success now as Leporello in ‘’Don Giovanni’’, in  ‘’Don of Pasquale’’ (with Lucrezia Bori, Alessandro Bonci and Giuseppe De Luca), as Sparafucile in ‘’Rigoletto’’, as Colline in ‘’La Bohème’’, as Grieux in Massenet’s  ‘’Manon’’ and as Brander in ‘’Damnation de Faust’’ of  Berlioz. In 1921 he was to be heard at the Teatro Regio in Turin where he appeared in the premiere of the opera ‘’Ettore Ferramosca’’ of Cantù. In 1922 he sang at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris under Tullio Serafin. Probably last time he appeared on the stage in 1930. 

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Ravenna Teatro Alighieri Adriana Lecouvreur (Principe)
1907 Novara Teatro Coccia    Falstaff (Pistola)
1909 Venezia   Teatro Rossini Boheme (Colline)
1911 Torino Teatro Regio Tristano e Isotta (Re Marke)
1913 Venezia Teatro Rossini Faust (Mefistofele)
1916 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Mefistofele (Mefistofele)
1919 Venezia   Teatro Rossini Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo)
1924 Milano Teatro La Scala Gianni Schicchi (Simone)
1927 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Tosca (Sagrestano)
1930 Parma Polietama Reinach Boheme (Benoit/Alcindoro)



Gramophone, Milano 1908-05
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Vedeste Mistress Clark with Francisco Granados, Francesco Cigada and Francesco Federici  54390 11201b
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): John dite che ci apprestino with Gaetano Pini-Corsi, Amina Santoro and Ines De Frate 54391 11203b
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Charley! Holger! with Francisco Granados and Francesco Federici 54233 1462c
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Lord Clifford qui desidera with Ines De Frate and Francesco Cigada 054233 1462c
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Dacche sei giunto with Francisco Granados and Francesco Cigada 054235 1461c
Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Signore, vi presento with Francisco Granados, Ines De Frate and Francesco Federici 054234 1465c

Gramophone, Milano 1908-06?
Mignon (Thomas): Ninna nanna 052262 1532c

Victor, USA 1909-04-27
Aida (Verdi):  Su del Nilo with Giovanni Davi, Elena Ruszcowska and Maria Cappiello 89155

Gramophone, Milano 1923-02-14
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Gia ti veggo with Ernesto Badini, Ester Toninello and Bernardo De Muro DB555 2-054135

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