Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 4, 2012

Manfredi Polverosi (Tenor) (Capraia/Firenze 1882/85 - Roma 1965)

He studied with Pieraccini and Jacopo Manfrini and made his debut in 1906 at the Arena Borsellini of Empoli in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’. After successful appearances in few Italian opera houses, In 1908 he was engaged at La Scala, making his debut as Enzo in ‘’Gioconda’’. In the same year he appeared at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’Gioconda’’, ‘’Il Barbere di Siviglia’’ and ‘’Cristoforo Colombo’’. In 1910 he performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, in 1912 was engaged at the operas of Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro, in 1913 he sang at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona. In 1915 he made guest appearance in Havana. On 15. 1. 1915 Polverosi appeared at La Scala in Milan in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Notte di leggenda’’ of Alberto Franchetti. In 1924 he took part at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan in the premiere of the opera ‘’Giocondo e il suo Re’’ of Carlo Jachino. He sang in numerous guest performaces in St. Petersburg, Odessa, Cairo etc. From 1936 to 1943 he was a manager of the Centro Sperimentale di Canto e di Danza of the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. Rina Gigli, Orietta Moscucci and Guido Mancini belong to his pupils. When he stopped singing, he became a vocal pedagogue. Polverosi died in poverty.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Empoli Arena Borsellini Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1908 Milan La Scala Gioconda (Enzo)
1908 Buenos Aires Teatro Colon Rigoletto (Duka)
1910 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1913 Barcelona Teatro Liceo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1915 Milan La Scala Notte di Leggenda (Gilfredo)
1924 Milan Teatro Dal Verme Giocondo e il suo Re (Giocondo)



Columbia, Milano 1913?
Lohengrin (Wagner): Cigno fedel D 592 41950
Lohengrin (Wagner): S'ei torna alfin D 592  41952
Lohengrin (Wagner): Di non t'incantan  D 4468 41953
Lohengrin (Wagner): Prova maggior D 4468 41954
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile D4473 41976
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella D4473 41955

Fonotipia, Milano 1917-03-15
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 69219 XPh5114

Fonotipia, Milano 1917-03-21
Mefistofele (Boito): Giunto sul passo estremo 69289 XPh5184

Fonotipia, Milano 1917-04-03
Tosca (Puccini): Non la sospiri la nostra casetta with Carmen Melis 69207 XPh5102

Fonotipia, Milano 1917-05-19
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 69220 XPh5115

Fonotipia, Milano 1922-12-07
Manon (Massenet): Crudele fui with Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi 152532 Pho5512
Manon (Massenet): La tua non e with Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi 152533 Pho5513

Fonotipia, Milano 1922-12-08
Falstaff (Verdi): Dal labbro il canto 152534 Pho5514

1 comment:

  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you for sharing this valuable biographical information.