Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 31, 2012

Ernestina Bendazzi-Garulli (Soprano) (Naples 1864 – Trieste 1931)

She was the daughter of known soprano Luigia Bendazzi (1829-1901) and the conductor and song pedagogue Benedetto Secchi. She received her vocal lessons from her father and appeared quite early as a concert singer. She had big success as a soloist in ‘’Stabat Mater’’ of Rossini at the Teatro Constanzi in Rome (1884). Her stage debut took place in1885 at the Teatro Comunale in Trieste, where she sang the role of Zerline in ‘’Fra Diavolo’’. Afterwards she sang there in ‘’Dinorah’’ and ‘’Bianca da Cerbia’’ of Antonio Smareglia. That same year she also performed at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna in ‘’Kônigin von Saba’’, ‘’Dinorah’’ and ‘’Le Villi’’ of Puccini. On December, 1885 she made her debut at La Scala appearing in ‘’Carmen’’ and ‘’Robert le Diable’’ of Meyerbeer. In 1886 she again sang at La Scala, but this time in the Italian premiære of Bizet’s ‘’I Pescatori di perle’’. In the 1886-87 season she guested in Lisbon (Teatro San Carlo) and Berlin (Kroll Theatre). In 1887 she was married to the tenor Alfonso Garulli with whom she appeared often. In 1894 she performed at the Teatro Lirico in Milan and at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome as Manon in Massenet’s opera of the smae name. In 1902 she sang at the Teatro Politeama in La Spezia. In 1904 she made guest appearance at the theatre de Aix les Bains. After her retirement she taught singing in Trieste.

Chronology of some appearances

1885 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Carmen (Micaela)
1886 Milano   Teatro La Scala Pescatori di Perle (Leila)
1886 Roma  Teatro Argentina Pescatori di Perle (Leila)
1887 Perugia  Teatro Morlacchi Pescatori di Perle (Leila)
1888 Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale Carmen (Carmen)
1888 Bologna  Teatro Comunale Carmen (Carmen)
1889 Bologna  Teatro Comunale Lohengrin (Elsa)
1889 Madrid Teatro Reale Pescatori di Perle (Leila)
1889 Torino  Teatro Regio Traviata (Violetta)
1890 Livorno  Teatro Avvalorati Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1890 Livorno  Teatro Avvalorati Mefistofele (Margherita)
1890 Verona  Teatro Ristori Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1890 Parma Teatro Regio Pescatori di Perle (Leila)
1891 Pisa Teatro Verdi Carmen (Carmen)
1891 Pisa  Teatro Verdi Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1891 Parma  Teatro Regio Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1891 Como  Teatro Sociale Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1892  Pisa  Teatro Nuovo Mefistofele (Margherita)
1892 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Otello (Desdemona)
1892 Cremona Teatro Concordia Pescatori di Perle (Leila)
1893 Palermo  Politeama Loreley (Loreley)
1896 Trieste  Politeama Rossetti Carmen (Carmen)
1897 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Carmen (Carmen)
1897 Pamplona  Teatro Gayarre Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1897 La Corugna  Teatro Rosalia Lohengrin (Elsa)
1897 La Corugna  Teatro Rosalia Pagliacci (Nedda)
1901 Lucca Teatro Del Giglio Werther (Carlotta)
1902 Bologna  Arena Azeglio Carmen (Carmen)
1902 Milano  Teatro Lirico Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1902 La Spezia  Politeama Duca di Genova Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)



Zonophone, Milano 1903?
Serenata: Sera di paradiso with Alfonso Garulli X-1543
Ogni sabato (Gordigiani)  X-1544
Manon (Massenet): Addio mio picciol desco  X-1546
Mireille (Gounod): Chanson de Magali with Alfonso Garulli X-1548

Pathe-AICC cylinders & discs, Milano 1903?
Mireille (Gounod): Canzone di Magali with Alfonso Garulli  84085

Garulli by Stampanoni

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