Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

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

1 comment:

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