Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 22, 2012

Angelo Minghetti (Tenor) (1889 Bologna - Milan 1957)


Though Minghetti’s career only lasted slightly over twenty years, he built a reputation as a strong spinto tenor with sex appeal.  He was the original operatic matinee idol, long before Franco Corelli, with women swooning over him in the aisles!  Minghetti had a major career outside of Italy, a great favorite at Covent Garden, Chicago and Buenos Aires.  He studied with Bellucci, Lari, Tenaglia and Emilia Corsi in Bologna. He made his debut in 1911 and had his first great success in 1920 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine. He sang in Chicago from 1922-24. Here his roles included the duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Faust and Leopold in La Juive.  In 1923 he sang in the premiere of Snegourotchka. In 1922 he performed in the world premiere of La Flaminga by Donaudy at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples.  In 1923 he made his La Scala debut as Rodolfo and returned to this house several times between 1925 and 1935.  In 1929 he sang in the premiere of Selvaggi’s La Maggiolata Veneziana and in 1934 he sang in the premiere of Respighi’s La Fiamma.  He made guest appearances in many roles in Buenos Aires, Verona, Bologna, Monte Carlo, Florence, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin and Covent Garden. In the late 1930's, due to vocal strain he retired from the stage.

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Venezia  Teatro Rossini Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1914 Bergamo  Teatro Sociale Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1915   Milano  Teatro Carcano Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1915 Lugo  Teatro Rossini Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1915 La Valletta/Malta  Teatro Reale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1918 Verona Teatro Ristori Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1919 Genova  Politeama Genovese Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1920 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Boheme (Rodolfo)
1920 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1920 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1921 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1921 Piacenza  Teatro Municipale Andrea Chenier (Andrea Chenier)
1921 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1921 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1922 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1922 Chicago  Civic Opera House Boheme (Rodolfo)
1923 Milano  Teatro La Scala Boheme (Rodolfo)
1923 Venezia  Teatro Malibran Boheme (Rodolfo)
1924 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Boheme (Rodolfo)
1924 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1924 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1924 Bologna  Teatro Comunale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1924 Milano  Teatro La Scala Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Genova  Teatro Carlo Felice  Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Catania  Teatro Bellini Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Parma  Teatro Regio Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1925 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1925 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1928 Il Cairo  Teatro Khediviale  Boheme (Rodolfo)
1928 Il Cairo  Teatro Khediviale  Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1928 Il Cairo  Teatro Khediviale  Gioconda (Enzo)
1928 Alessandria d'Egitto  Teatro Mohamed Alì Boheme (Rodolfo)
1928 Alessandria d'Egitto  Teatro Mohamed Alì Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1928 Melbourne  Her Majesty's Boheme (Rodolfo)
1928 Melbourne  Her Majesty's Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1928 Sidney  Her Majesty's Boheme (Rodolfo)
1928 Sidney  Her Majesty's Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1929 Roma  Teatro dell'Opera Boheme (Rodolfo)
1929 Roma  Teatro dell'Opera Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1929 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Boheme (Rodolfo)
1929 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1931 Genova  Teatro Carlo Felice Andrea Chenier (Andrea Chenier)
1932 Firenze Teatro Verdi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1932 Firenze Teatro Verdi Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)


HMV, London 1926-06-16
Rigoletto (Verdi): E il sol dell'anima with  Luella Paikin DB952 2-054163

HMV, London 1926-06-29
Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina DB952 2-052310

HMV, London 1926-07-05
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile DA800 7-52342

Minghetti Angelo by Stampanoni

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