Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 17, 2012

Leopoldo Dagradi (Tenor) (Pavia 1871 - Como 1928)


I wish to thank to his family for providing me his photos

He studied at Regio Conservatorio of Milan and then with Dal Fiume. He made his debut in 1900 at Politeama Garibaldi of Acqui Terme in ‘’Traviata’’. Already in 1903 he made guest appearances in Kiev and Constantinople. In Italy Dagardi developed the rest of his career mostly in minor theaters (Corfù. Teatro Comunale, Spalato. Teatro Verdi, Siena. Teatro Della Lizza, Guastalla. Teatro Nuovo Sociale). In 1914 he moved the center of his activities to the Australia. In the period 1914-1917, he performed with success in different australian cities (Sidney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide). After retiring from stage he  taught  at the Albert College of Music in Sidney. His repertoire included Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’, De Grieux in ‘’Manon Lescaut’’, Vasili in ‘’Siberia’’, Radames in ‘’Aida’’. Dagradi made four records for Gramophone.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Acqui Terme Politeama Garibaldi Traviata (Alfredo)
1903 Kiev   Teatre of Saladovnikov Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1903 Constantinople Teatro Concordia Traviata (Alfredo)
1904 Corfù Teatro Comunale Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1906 Spalato Teatro Verdi Ugonotti (Raoul)
1909 Siena Teatro Della Lizza Aida (Radames)
1911 Guastalla Teatro Nuovo Sociale Aida (Radames)



Gramophone, Milano 1910-04-13
Boheme (Puccini): O Mimi tu piu non torni with Ernesto Badini  54418 148ah

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