Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 15, 2012

Giovanni Voyer (Tenor) (Benicarlo, Valencia 1901 - Lisbon, Portugal 1976)


His real name was Juan Voyer. He studied in Milan and made his debut at the Teatro Sociale in Ostiglia as Pinkerton in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’. It happened in 1927. Between 1933 and 1948 he sang at La Scala in Milan as Tristán, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Florestán. In 1933 he performed at Covent Garden in London in ‘’La dannazione di Faust’’ of Berlioz under T. Beecham. In 1938 he appeared at the Opera Theatre of Rome in the premiere of ‘’La mujer sin sombra’’ of R. Strauss. In 1939 at the Teatro Comunale in Florence he sang in the premiere of the opera ‘’Re Lear’’ of  V. Frazzi. After his retirement, in 1953, he taught singing at the Conservatory of Lisbon.

Chronology of some appearances

1929  Trieste  Teatro Verdi Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1929 Piacenza  Politeama Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1930 Parma  Politeama Reinach Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1930 Cesena  Teatro Comunale Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1931 Lendinara  Teatro Ballarin Carmen (Don Jose)
1931 Il Cairo  Teatro Kedivhiale Dannazione di Faust (Faust)
1932 Padova Teatro Verdi Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1932 Asti  Teatro Alfieri Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1933  Torino Eiar Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1933 Torino Teatro Regio Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1933 Parma Teatro Regio Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1933 Venezia  Teatro La Fenice Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1934  Trieste  Teatro Verdi Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1935 Torino  Eiar Dannazione di Faust (Faust)
1935   Verona  Teatro Filarmonico Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1935 Casalmaggiore  Teatro Sociale Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1935  Cesena  Teatro Comunale Carmen (Don Jose)
1936  Pola  Arena Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1936  Torino  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1936 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Carmen (Don Jose)
1936   Parma  Teatro Regio Carmen (Don Jose)
1936 Amsterdam  Teatro Carr¨ Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1936 Genova  Teatro Carlo Felice Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1936 Roma Teatro dell'Opera Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1937 Asti  Teatro Alfieri Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1937  Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Dannazione di Faust (Faust)
1938 Trapani  Arena Littorio Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1938 Milano  Teatro La Scala Carmen (Don Jose)
1938 La Valletta/Malta  Teatro Reale Carmen (Don Jose)
1938 Adria Teatro Comunale Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1939 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1939  Bologna  Piazza del Barracano Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1940 Forli  Teatro Comunale Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1940 Padova Teatro Verdi Carmen (Don Jose)
1941  Parma  Teatro Regio Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1942 Milano Teatro Lirico Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1944  Piacenza Teatro Municipale Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)



Columbia, Milano 1929-03?
Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri monti with Berenice Sibari  WB2361

Columbia, Milano 1930-07
Nabucco (Verdi): Coro di Leviti  Q7188 B6807

Columbia, Milano 1930-07
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior  D6033 B2511

Columbia, Milano 1930-07
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Addio fiorito asil with Gino Vanelli D6033 B2514

Columbia, Milano 1930-07-05
Zaza (Leoncavallo): Mai piu Zaza CQ 267 WB 3626

Columbia, Milano 1930-07-04
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Improvviso CQ266 B3619

Columbia, Milano 1930-07-05
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Come un bel di di maggio  CQ267 B3628

Renato Azzarri (Tenor)

In 1901 he performed at the Teatro Metastasio in Prato as Fernando in ‘’Favortia’’ with Jole  Marchisio, Camilla Merli, Giuseppe Viggiani and Giovanni Mannelli. 

Chronology of some appearances

1901 Volterra Teatro Persio Flacco Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1902 Prato Teatro Metastasio Favorita (Fernando)
1903 Livorno Teatro Alfieri Rigoletto (Duca)
1904 Firenze Teatro Alfieri Rigoletto (Duca)
1905 Firenze Teatro Della Pergola Fiamme di M.Pieraccini
1906 Firenze Teatro Alfieri Sarrona di L.H.Legrand
1907 Pescia Teatro Pacini Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1908 Odessa Teatro Sibiriakoff Pagliacci (Canio)
1909 Sanremo Teatro Principe Amedeo Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1910 Pistoia Politeama Mabellini Concerto
1913 Ajaccio Teatro Comunale Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)



Lyrophon, Milano
Ernani (Verdi): Merce diletti amici  J 528
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Gaetano Rebonato  J 532
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with  Margherita Del Metauro  J 545

Enrico Arenson (Heinz Arensen) (Tenor) (Riga, Latvia 1884 - ?)


He was born into the Jewish family. His real name was Henry Arensen. At the beginning he worked as tailor in New York. He was found by a musical amateur singing at a Yiddish wedding. He started his career as a concert singer. In 1910 he made his debut at the Boston Opera as Manrico in ''Il Trovatore'' of Verdi. During his career he sang in opera houses of Canada, Italy and Germany. In 1922 as Enrico Arenson together with O. K. Nazarova, O. V. Pototskaya and M. A. Tamarina he performed in concert at the Russian Grammar School in Zelenogorsk (Russia). He sang on stage under the names Andrea Arensen, Enrico Arenson and Andre Arensen. Probably in Italy he met Nadine Legat, a fine singer who become his wife.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Mirandola Teatro Nuovo Samsone e Dalida (Sansone)
1909 Pistoia Politeama Mabellini Trovatore (Manrico)
1910 Soresina Teatro Sociale Trovatore (Manrico)
1916 Louis Teatro Odeon Pagliacci (Canio)
1917 San Juan de Puerto Rico Teatro Colon Otello (Otello)
1919 San Juan de Puerto Rico Teatro Colon Stagione Compagnia Mancini
1922 Zelenogorsk Concert

Jan 14, 2012

Marcello Govoni (Tenor) (Bologna 1885 - Roma 1944)

He began his career as a baritone and made his debut in 1907 at the Teatro Sociale in Casalmaggiore as David in Mascagni’s ‘’Amico Fritz’’. Later Govoni switched to tenor making a second debut in 1918 at the Teatro Comunale in Bergamo as Werther in Massenet’s ‘’Werther’’. In 1920 he made guest appearance at Covent Garden in London as Ernesto in ‘’Don Pasquale’’ and as Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’, In 1926 he performed at La Scala in Milan as  David in ‘’I maestri cantori di norimberga’’. In 1927 he founded the Compagnia dell’Opera Comica, which has singers, a chorus, and an orchestra of it’s own and began performing, to considerable acclaim, in 1927. In 1929 he was appointed permanent director of the Teatro Reale dell’Opera in Rome, and in 1937 he was nominated commissioner of the stage technicians and directors of Rome and its province. He retired from the operatic stage approximately in 1930. His daughter Marcella Govoni had a successful career as a soprano.

Chronology of some appearances

1907 Casalmaggiore Teatro Sociale  Amico Fritz (David)
1918 Bologna Teatro Comunale Werther  (Werther)
1920 London Covent Garden Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1926 Milan La Scala I Maestri cantori di Norimberga (David)



Pathe, Milano 1921?
Rigoletto (Verdi): E' il sol dell'anima 10336 86764
Werther (Massenet): Ah!  non mi ridestar 10336 86767
Amico Fritz (Mascagni): Han della porpora 10337 86769
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini): Firenze è come un albero fiorito 10337 86768
Traviata (Verdi): Un dì felice with Anna Sassone-Soster 12583 86770
Traviata (Verdi): Parigi, o cara with Anna Sassone-Soster 12583 86771

Columbia, Milano 1923/1924
Mefistofele (Boito): Giunto sull passo estremo D5062 B95
Pescatori di perle (Bizet): Mi par d'udire ancora D768 B104
Pescatori di perle (Bizet): Della mia vita D 768 b 105
Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi dai prati D 765 b 106
Mignon (Thomas): Ah! Non credevi tu D5063 B99
Manon (Massenet): Oh, dolce incanto D5063 B102
La vedova allegra (Lehar): Venite orsu sirene D5064 B145
La vedova allegra (Lehar): Tace il labbro with Ena Surinach D5064 B140

Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana (Tenor) (Rome 1878 - Toronto 1936)

                                              with his wife Margarete Matzenauer

He turned to singing after starting a career in medicine and then working in the Italian Embassy at Montevideo. After touring South America in operetta he was encouraged by Tullio Serafin to study for opera; his début was as Tristan (Turin, 1910), and he soon established himself as the leading Italian Wagnerian tenor of his day. At La Scala he sang Pollione in Norma (1912), and the following year he appeared as Avito in the première of Lamore dei tre re. This he repeated, with Arturo Toscanini, at the Metropolitan in 1914, singing with a magnificent robust voice with pealing upper tones. He also appeared in Buenos Aires and was a member of the Boston Company, where he sang Tristan in 1912 (with his wife, Margarete Matzenauer, as Isolde in some performances). From 1926 he taught in Toronto. His few recordings show a voice of fine quality, compact in production, and used with taste and imagination.

Chronology of some appearances

1912 Milan La Scala Norma (Pollione)
1913 Milan La Scala Lamore dei tre re
1914 New York Metropolitan Opera Lamore dei tre re



Odeon, Milano 1909/1910
Lohengrin (Wagner): Cigno fedel 37821
Lohengrin (Wagner): Sei torna alfin 37822

Columbia, New York 1915-03-01
Tristan und Isolda (Wagner): Noto regina e a me A1731 39259
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Un tal gioco A 1731 39260
Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari):  Madonna Dei dolor  A5663 36877
Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari): Madonna, con sospiri A5663 36878
Otello (Verdi): Niun mi tema A5721 38235
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior A5721  37236

Edison, New York 1916-01-11
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo):  Vesti la giubba Unpubl. 4331-A
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle 83047 4332

Edison, New York 1918-10-23
Inno di Garibaldi (Olivieri/Mercantini) 82555  6425

Edison, New York 1918-11-12
Luna Cortese (Valente) 6456-B

Francesco Fazzini (Tenor)

                                                       Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’

Restored by me

He made his debut as baritone. It happened in 1900 when at the Teatro Manzoni in Pistoia he sang the role of David in Mascagni’s ‘’L’Amico Fritz’’. In 1903 Fazzini made his second debut as tenor appearing as Loris in ‘’Giordano’s ‘’Fedora’’. In 1906 he appeared at Covent Garden in London as Don Jose in ‘’Carmen’’ with Angelo Scandiani and Louise Kirkby Lunn. In 1913 he performed at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice as Otello in Verdi’s ‘’Otello’’ with Enrico Nani and Sara Fidelia Solari. Approximately from 1920 he started to appear as comprimario.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Fedora (Loris)
1904 Forlê Teatro Comunale Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1905 Savona Teatro Chiabrera Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1906 London Covent Garden Carmen (Don Jose)
1907 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Amore e Perdizione di J.Arroyo (Baltasaar)
1908 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Carmen (Don Josæ)
1909 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Aida (Radames)
1910 Madrid Teatro Reale Colomba di A.Vives
1911 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Aida (Radames)
1912 Palermo Teatro Massimo Otello (Otello)
1913 Venice Teatro La Fenice Otello (Otello)
1914 Torino Teatro Regio Otello (Otello)
1915 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Concerto
1917 Venezia Teatro Rossini Fedora (Loris)



Columbia, Milano 1908?
Carmen (Bizet): Duetto della sfida with Michele de Padova 10690 D4002
Traviata (Verdi): De' miei bollenti spiriti D 4174 10664
Carmen (Bizet): mia tu sei D 4175 10665

Gennaro De Tura (Tenor) (Naples 1875 - Milan 1939)

He made his debut in 1903 at the Teatro Verdi in Brindisi as Alfredo in ‘’Traviata’’. In 1905 De Tura performed at the Teatro Comunale of Reggio di Calabria in ‘’Fedora’’ of Giordano. In 1906 he guested at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa in the première of the opera ‘’La Figlia di Jorio’’ of Franchetti. He took part in South America tour under the composer Pietro Mascagni. In 1910 he sang at the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires as Pollione in ‘’Norma’’ and as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, during of the same year he also appeared in Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile, in 1914 he made guest appearance in the opera of Havana (Teatro Paynet) as Radames in ‘’Aida’’, as Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, as Riccardo in Verdi’s ‘’Un Ballo in maschera’’ and again as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. In 1912 he appeared in London (Kingsway Theatre) again as Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, in 1913 and 1916 he guested at La Scala in Milan as Radames in ‘’Aida’’. In 1919 he sang at  the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa where he helped in the premiere of the opera ‘’Alba Eroica’’ of Monleone. During of his career De Tura performed also in Monte Carlo (1909), Lisbon (1909), Turin (1907), Palermo (1908), Parma (1911), Genoa (1912), Rome (1918), Barcelona. Later he was active as a teacher. His son Manrico de Tura (1903-86) was active as a conductor in Italy like in South America. The second son, Fausto de Tura (1907-77), worked as a director and theatrical figure.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 Teatro Verdi Brindisi  Traviata (Alfredo)
1905 Teatro Comunale Reggio di Calabria Fedora (Loris)
1906 Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa La Figlia di Jorio di A. Franchetti (Aligi)
1910 Teatro Coliseo Buenos Aires Norma (Pollione)
1912 London Kingsway Theatre Trovatore (Manrico)
1913 La Scala Milan  Aida (Radames)
1914 Teatro Paynet Havana Aida (Radames)
1916 La Scala Milan Aida (Radames)
1919 Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa Alba Eroica di D.Monleone
1923 Roma Teatro Adriano  Pagliacci (Canio)



G&T, Milano 1907-06?
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Fior di giaggiolo with Calara Joanna and Ines Salvador 54334 10547b
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Veranno a te with Giuseppina Huguet 54341 10550b
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Viva il vino (w. chorus) 2-52594 10607b
Jery e batly (Romano): O sole mio tesoro 2-52603 10625b
Jery e batly (Romano): Del mio prato 2-52605 10631b
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): No no Turiddo with Clara Joanna 054143 1191c
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Tu qui, Santuzza with Clara Joanna 054142 1201c
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): A voi tutti salute with Francesco Cigada 054144 1206c

Gramophone, Milano 1908
Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi dai prati 2-52670 11196½b

Gramophone, Milano 1909-04-03
Bohème (Puccini): O Mimì, tu più with Ernesto Badini 54398 13045b

Gramophone, Milano 1909-04-06
Boheme (Puccini): Mimi e una civetta with  Laura Mellerio and Ernesto Badini 054242 1961c

Gramophone, Milano 1909-04-10
Mefistofele (Boito): Folletto, folletto with Gaudio Mansueto 54408 13074b
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Assassini with Ernesto Badini & chorus 054241 1969c
Faust (Gounod):  La vaga pupilla  76019 1970c

Gramophone, Milano 1909-04-16
Mefistofele (Boito): Lontano, lontano with Giuseppina Huguet 54399 13086b
Mefistofele (Boito): Amore o mistero with Giuseppina Huguet and chorus 054265 1783c

Gramophone, Milano 1919-10-08
Aida (Verdi): Pur ti riveggo with Valentina Bartolomasi 7-54014 4156ah
Aida (Verdi): Si, fuggiam with Valentiona Bartolomasi and Matteo Dragoni 2-054111 883aj

Gramophone, Milano 1919-10-18
Otello (Verdi): Sì pel ciel with Matteo Dragoni 7-54013 4161ah

Jan 13, 2012

Antonio Fassino (Tenor) ( Piobesi Torinese 1874 - Padova 1913)

He sang in the chorus of Milan and Turin. He started his career as baritone. later he switched to tenor, making a second debut at the Politeama Armandi in Asti as Pollione in ‘’Norma’’. It Happened in 1902. In 1904 he performed at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo as Alvaro in ‘’La forza del destino’’. In 1906 he undertook a big South America tour with very successful appearances in Montevideo (Teatro Solis) and Rio de Janeiro (Teatro Victoria). In 1908 together with P. Mascagni’s opera troupe he presented composer’s new opera ‘’Amica’’ in different Italian theatres – Genova (Politeama Genovese), Roma (Teatro Costanzi), Trieste (Politeama Rossetti), Verona (Teatro Ristori). In 1907  Fassino sang at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in  Giordano’s ‘’Andrea Chenier’’. The singer who was married since 1907 with the soprano Giuseppina Cinzano coming from Turin died in 1913 suddenly during an engagement in Padua.

 Chronology of some appearances

1902 Asti Politeama Armandi Norma (Pollione)
1904 Bergamo Teatro Donizetti Forza del Destino (Alvaro)
1906 Montevideo Teatro Urquiza Aida (Radames)
1906 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Victoria Guarany (Pery)
1907 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1908 Genova Politeama Genovese  Gloria di A.Cilea (Lionetto)
1908 Roma Teatro Costanzi  Gloria di A.Cilea (Lionetto)
1908 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Amica (Giorgio)
1908 Verona Teatro Ristori Amica (Giorgio)


Columbia, Milano 1907/1908
Trovatore (Verdi): Deserto sulla terra D 4365  10671
Lohengrin (Wagner): Da voi lontan D4365  10672
Forza del destino (Verdi): O tu che in seno 
Norma (Bellini): Me protegge D4175 10673

Columbia, Milano 1909?
Andrea Chenier (Giordano):  Improvviso D9212 10845
Aida (Verdi): Morir si pura e bella D9204  10847
Guarany (Gomez): Sento una forza indomita with Maria Ivanisi D4306 10850
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Come un bel di di maggio D 9212 10862

Jan 9, 2012

Giuseppe Agostini (Tenor) (Verona 1870 - Abdington 1951)

In 1895 Agostini made his debut at the Teatro Municipale in  Alessandria. On 16. 5. 1898 he performed at the Walleck Theatre in  New York première of the opera ‘’La Boheme’’. In 1910 he appeared at the Teatro Massimo in  Palermo in the première of Mascagni’s opera ‘’Amica’’. He had his biggest success in North America where he appeared almost annually with the San Carlo Opera Company. In 1903 he substituted at the Metropolitan Opera for the ill Enrico Caruso in two performaces (as Rodolfo  in ‘’La Boheme’’ and as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’). Still in 1921 he was active with the San Carlo Opera Company. Later he taught singing in Abington.

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Alessandria Teatro Municipale Traviata (Alfredo)
1898 New York Wallacke Theatre Boheme (Rodolfo)
1900 Cagliari Politeama Regina Margherita Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1902 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1904 Verona Teatro Ristori Boheme (Rodolfo)
1906 Brescia Teatro Grande Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1908 Havana Teatro Tacon Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1910 Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale Loreley (Walter)
1912 Londra Hyppodrom Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1914 Montreal Teatro Princess Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1916 Cedar Rapids Green's Opera House Aida (Radames)
1918 Edmonton Teatro Empress Pagliacci (Canio)
1920 Calgary Grand Theater Boheme (Rodolfo)
1922 Los Angeles Public Auditorium Boheme (Rodolfo)
1924 Philadelphia Teatro Metropolitan Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1928 Philadelphia Academy of Music Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)

Fulgenzio Abela (Tenor) (Barcelona 1880 - Buenos Aires ?)

He studied singing in Buenos Aires under the Spanish conductor Ivan Goula (who also taught, among others, Blanchart, Viñas, and Palet). Abela’s first performances seem to have been in Buenos Aires in ‘’Lucrezia Borgia’’ and ‘’Dolores’’ (Bretón). The same year he appeared at the Liceo, Barcelona, in ‘’La Favorita’’ and ‘’Mefistofele’’. During the following two decades he sang with considerable success in Italy (Torino, Trevisio, the Dal Verme in Milano, Genova, the Costanzi in Roma and so on) as well as at the Colón in Buenos Aires (1910), Chile, Spain, and Greece. Abela’s repertoire included the principal tenor roles in ‘’La Traviata’’, ‘’Adriana Lecouvreur’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’Tosca’’, ‘’Faust’’, ‘’Boris Godounov’’, ‘’Amico Fritz’’, and a number of other operas and zarzuelas. His last years were spent in Buenos Aires and died there, in Ramos Mejia Hospital by an gastrointestinal bleeding.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Buenos Aires Politeama Argentino Lucrezia Borgia (Gennaro)
1905  Barcelona Teatro Liceo Favorita (Fernando)
1906 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Dolores di T.Breton (Lazzaro)
1906 Santiago del Cile Teatro Municipal Mignon (Guglielmo)
1907 Ferrara Teatro Comunale Faust (Faust)
1908 Corfu Teatro Nuovo Manon (De Grieux)
1909 Madrid Teatro Reale Margarita la Tornera di R.Chapi
1910 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1911 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Bianca de Beaulieu di C.Siattesi (Marceau)
1912 Pistoia Teatro Manzoni Fedora (Loris)
1913  Firenze Politeama Nazionale I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata (Oronte)
1914 Pavia Teatro Fraschini Amico Fritz (Fritz)
1915 Milano Teatro Carcano Rigoletto (Duca)
1916 Milano Teatro Fossati Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1917 Milano Teatro Carcano Mignon (Guglielmo)
1918 Roma Teatro Costanzi Mefistofele (Faust)
1919 Rovigo Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1920 Desenzano sul Garda Teatro Alberti Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1922 Este Politeama Boheme (Rodolfo)
1923 Chioggia Teatro Garibaldi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Piacenza Teatro Municipale Dannazione di Faust (Faust)

Nicola Fasciolo (Tenor) (Novi Ligure 1868 - Torino 1945)

He studied piano and organ, then also song in Turin. He never performed on the opera stages and appeared only in concerts. He excited big sensation as a soloist in the oratorios of the priest and composer Lorenzo Perosi. Together with the Mezzo-soprano Chiarina Fino-Savio and the baritone Giuseppe Kaschmann he counted as a leading interpreter of the works of Perosi. He sang in numerous churches in Italy, appearing also at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and in other italian opera stages in performances of oratorios. In 1902 he had a special success when he reported the tenor part in Perosi’s ‘’Risurrezione di of Cristo’’ at the cathedral of Siena. In December,1902 he sang in the Italian première of the oratorio ‘’San of Francesco’’ of Edgar Tinel in Milan and in Florence in ‘’Maria al Golgota’’ of Antonio Sonzogno together with Guerrina Fabbri. In 1912 he performed at the Teatro Regio in  Parma in the oratorio ‘’Judith’’ of  Arnaldo Furlotti. In 1904 together with the soprano Irma Monti-Baldini and the baritone Giuseppe Kaschmann he sang in Warsaw in Perosi’s oratorio ‘’Il Giudizio Universale’’. In 1919 he undertook as a soloist with the Società Polifonica Romana a big concert tour through the USA and Canada. From 1900 to 1940 he was the soloist of the Royal House and of the Cathedral in Turin. 

Chronology of some appearances

1899 Asti Teatro Alfieri La Resurrezione di Lazzaro di L. Perosi
1902 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Il Natale del Redentore di L. Perosi
1904 Padova Chiesa Il Giudizio Universale di L. Perosi
1906 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Mose' di L. Perosi
1909 Vienna Sanatorio Concerto
1912 Parma Teatro Regio Judith di A. Furlotti
1915 TorinoCinema Ambrosio Stabat Mater di G. Rossini
1921 Torino Basilica Stabat Mater di G. B. Pergolesi



Zonophone, Milano 1902 (early)
Lohengrin (Wagner): Racconto X-430

Anker, Torino? 1907/1908?
Forza del destino (Verdi) Solenne in quest'ora with Giovanni Albinolo 15252
Trovatore (Verdi) Di geloso amor with Giovanni Albinolo & Tina Alasia 12259
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle Anker 1036-I
Mattinata (Leoncavallo)  1045
Manon (Massenet): Sogno 1036
Madrigale (Su la lontana) (Simoette) 15022
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 15066
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 15068 
Tu non mi vuoi piu bene (Pini- Corsi) 2170 

Maria De Macchi (Soprano) (Paruzzaro 1870 - Milan 1909)

She studied with Virginia Boccabadati in Milan. In 1899 she made her debut at the Teatro Grande in Brescia as Laura  in ‘’Gioconda’’. In 1892 she performed at the Teatro Annibal Caro  in Civitanova Marche as Leonora in ‘’La Forza del destino’’. In the 1894-95 season De Marcchi appeared at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon in ‘’L’Africana’’, ‘’Lohengrin’’, ‘’I Puritani’’ etc. In 1895 she also sang in Trieste, Teatro Comunale as Nedda in ‘’Pagliacci’’. Finally in 1898 she appeared at the Teatro Real in Madrid where she sang in ‘’Il Gladiatore’’ of G. Orefice. In 1901 De Macchi performed at La Scala in Milan in the title role of the opera La Regina Di Saba’’ of K. Goldmark. Guest performances followed in Prague (1901), Bucharest (1903) and Berlin (1902). On 16. 8. 1902 she appeared at the Teatro Verdi in Vicenza in the premiere of the opera ‘’'Cecilia’’ of G. Orefice. In 1904 she made guest appearance at the Metropolitan opera in New York; here she sang the title role in ‘’Lucrezia Borgia’’ of Donizetti together with Enrico Caruso and Edyth Walker. At the MET she performed aslo  in  ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’, ‘’Aida’’ and ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’. In 1909 she appeared for the last time at the Teatro Lirico in Milan as Carmen in Bizet’s ‘’Carmen’’.

I wish to thank Jean-Luc Pirovano for the corrections

Chronology of some appearances

1889 Brescia Teatro Grande Gioconda (Laura)
1891 Citta del Messico Teatro Nazionale Guglielmo Tell (Matilde)
1894 Venezia Teatro Malibran Aida (Aida)
1896 Fiume Teatro Comunale Ernani (Elvira)
1898 Madrid Teatro Reale Il Gladiatore di G. Orefice
1900 Napoli Teatro Mercadante Ballo in Maschera (Amelia)
1902 Venezia Teatro Rossini Gioconda (Gioconda)
1904 Milano Teatro Lirico Gioconda (Gioconda)
1906 Fiume Teatro Verdi Ballo in Maschera (Amelia)
1908 Oporto Teatro San Joao Stagione
1909 Milano Teatro Lirico Carmen (Carmen)



Fonotipia, Milano 1905-11-19
Norma (Bellini): Casta Diva 39495 XPh478

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-11-22
Norma (Bellini): Ah! Bello a me ritorna 39496  XPh 484

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-05-25
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Tu qui Santuzza? with Elivno Ventura unpubl. XPh1906
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): No, no, Turiddu with Elivno Ventura unpubl. XPh1914

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-05-28
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti): Com'e bello 39832  XPh 1916

Fonotipia, Milano 1907-04-17
Poliuto (Donizetti): Di quai soavi 39901  XPh2554

Fonotipia, Milano 1907-10-31
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea): Io son l'umile ancella 92045 XPh2804

Dora De Giovanni (Soprano) (Cesena 1890 - Cesena 1979)

In 1920 she peformed at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli as Iris in ‘’Iris’’ of Mascagni.

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Cesena Teatro Comunale Concerto
1917 Milano Teatro Manzoni Concerto
1919 Ferrara Teatro Comunale Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1921 Torino Teatro Regio Faust (Margherita)
1923 Venezia Teatro La Fenice Iris (Iris)
1925 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Iris (Iris)
1927 Como Teatro Sociale Iris (Iris)



Columbia, Milano 1924/1925
Andrea Chénier (Giordano) La nostra morte with Carmelo Alabiso B9468 B647
Andrea Chénier (Giordano) Ora soave with Carmelo Alabiso D9468 B623
Faust (Gounod): Aria dei gioielli D5203 B527/528
Huguenots (Meyerbeer) periglio with John O’Sullivan D12458 B541
Lohengrin (Wagner): Sola nei miei primi anni D5202 B577
Lohengrin (Wagner): Aurette a cui spesso B597
Otello (Verdi): A terra D9465

Julian Biel (Tenor) (Saragossa 1869 – Barcelona 1948)

                                                                Don Jose

At first he worked as a painter. He was a student of Antonio Cotogni in Rome. In 1900 he made his debut at the Teatro Reale in Madrid as Radames in ‘’Aida’’. In 1901 he moved to the Principal Theater in Sargossa where he appeared with famous baritone Marino Aineto and Fidela Gardeta. The next year he sang at  the Teatro de la Ópera in Buenos Aires where he again performed the role of Radames in Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’. In 1903 Biel debuted at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona as Vasco in ‘’L’Africana’’. From 1903 to 1907 he performed regularly at the Teatro Reale in Madrid and also made guest appearances in Europe. In Italy Biel made his debut in Bologna as Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, then he performed at La Scala in Milan again as Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’ under A. Toscanini who considered him best interpreter of the role of Manrico. From 1905 to 1906 Biel rivalled in Covent Garden with Caruso. He also made guest appearances in France, Belgium, Alemania, Portugal and Russia. In 1917 for psychological problems Biel moved back to Spain where he taught singing. He died forgotten by all.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Madrid Teatro Reale Aida (Radames)
1901 Sargossa Principal Theatre
1902 Buenos Aires Teatro de la Opera Aida (Radames)
1903 Barcelona Teatro Liceo L’Africana (Vasco)
1903-1907 Madrid Teatro Reale
1905-1906 London Covent Garden



G&T, Milano 1903-02
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì all' azzurro spazio 52694 3077b 
Forza del destino (Verdi): O tu che in seno 52714 3100b
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 52691 3065b
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si, ben mio 52692 3066b
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira 52695 3078b
Juive (Halevy): Rachele allor che iddio 52697 3101b
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 52696 3079b

Jan 8, 2012

Luis Canalda (Tenor) (Santa Bárbara/Tarragona 1896 - Barcelona 1962)

He made his debut at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ (1913). The next year he performed at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. During the 1910s and 1920s he was a acknowledged interpreter of Heldentenor Wagner roles in Spain and Italy.

Chronology of some appearances

Tristan e Isotta - 28. Dec. 1922 Venezia - Teatro La Fenice with Sara Cesar, Giannina Arangi-Lombardi and Giuseppe Noto
Tristan e Isotta - 20. Dec. 1923 Napoli - Teatro San Carlo with Sara Cesar, Vida Fertuga, Benedetto (Benet Harold) Challis and  Gabriele Olaizola
Tristan e Isotta - 14. Aug. 1926 Rimini - Teatro Vittorio Emanuele with Lilly Hafgren-Waag, Maria Capuana, Carlo Tagiabue and Giaccomo Vaghi
Tristan e Isotta - ?. Dec. 1928 Trieste - Teatro Verdi with Maria Llacer, Maria Capuana,  Giuseppe Noto and Alessio Kanscin.



Odeon, Spain 1920/1921
La Canción del Olvido (José Serrano): Dúo final con Conchita Callao 57514
La Canción del Olvido (José Serrano): Firuli 57515
La Walkiria (Wagner): Cede il verno 57504
Sigfrido (Wagner): Nothung, nothung 57505
Sansone e Dalila (Saint-Saens): Figli miei v'arrestate 57508
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle  57510 SO.1844
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 57511 SO.1845
La llama ( Usandizaga): Acto II. Soy un hijo de with Ofelia Nieto 150006