Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 20, 2012

Aureliano Pertile (Tenor) (Montagnana 1885 - Milan 1952)

He was an Italian lyric-dramatic tenor. Many critics consider him one of the most exciting operatic artists of the inter-war period, and one of the most important tenors of the entire 20th century.
Pertile was born in Montagnana, Northern Italy, 18 days after the birth of another celebrated tenor, Giovanni Martinelli, in the same town. He studied with Orefice in Padua, and Bavognoli in Milan, before making his operatic debut as Lyonel in Martha, in 1911, in Vicenza.
After singing in regional Italy and South America, Pertile first sang at the premier Italian opera house, La Scala, Milan, in 1916. He appeared on this occasion as Paolo in Francesca da Rimini, opposite Rosa Raïsa. Pertile made his New York Metropolitan Opera debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca, with Maria Jeritza in the title role, on 1 December 1921.
In his only season at the Met, his other roles included des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana, Grigori in Boris Godunov (with Feodor Chaliapin), Radames in Aida, the title role in Pagliacci ( opposite Florence Easton), and Julien in Louise (opposite Geraldine Farrar). He also participated in performances of Louise with the Met's touring company at Philadelphia and in Brooklyn.
Thereafter he returned to Italy, where he established himself as the leading tenor at La Scala from 1927 to 1937, becoming a favourite singer of the principal conductor Arturo Toscanini.
As well as previously mentioned works, his La Scala repertory included the title role in Lohengrin, Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (in Italian), Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, with Toti dal Monte, Alfredo in La traviata, Osaka in Iris, Rodolfo in La bohème, the title part in Andrea Chénier, Manrico in Il trovatore, Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Il Duca in Rigoletto, Alvaro in La forza del destino, Pollione in Norma, Loris in Fedora, Werther, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, Fernand in La Favorite, and the title part in Fra Diavolo. He also created the leading tenor parts in Boito's Nerone, in 1924, Wolf-Ferrari's Sly, in 1927, and Mascagni's Nerone, in 1935.
In all his La Scala roles, Pertile achieved compelling dramatic results despite possessing a voice that was not especially suave or beautiful. It was sometimes even described by critics as "brutta" (ugly). He was particularly effective in Verdi roles and verismo opera, bringing a rare emotional intensity to his performances.
Pertile also sang at the Royal Opera House in London from 1927 to 1931, and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires between 1918-29. His soprano colleagues included such famous divas as Claudia Muzio, Rosa Raisa, Ninon Vallin, Bidú Sayao, Hina Spani and Toti Dal Monte.
He appeared, too, in unusual operatic works, creating for example the role of Fernando in Felipe Boero's opera Tucuman (in 1918) and the title role in Constantino Gaito's Ollantay (in 1926).
His final stage appearances were in Italy in 1946, in Pagliacci. He then taught at the Milan Conservatory until his death in 1952.

Chronology of some appearances

1911  Torino  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Gioconda (Enzo)
1911  Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1912 Vicenza  Teatro Verdi Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1912 Vicenza  Teatro Verdi Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1912  Asti  Teatro Alfieri Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1912  Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1912  Livorno  Politeama Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1913 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1913 Brescia  Teatro Grande Gioconda (Enzo)
1914 Padova  Teatro Corso Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1915 Bologna Teatro Del Corso Fanciulla del West (Dick Johnson)
1915 Torino  Teatro Regio Francesca da Rimini (Malatestino)
1915 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Francesca da Rimini (Malatestino)
1915 Bologna  Teatro del Corso Francesca da Rimini (Malatestino)
1916 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Francesca da Rimini (Malatestino)
1916  Roma  Teatro Costanzi Francesca da Rimini (Malatestino)
1917 Genova  Politeama Genovese Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1917 Genova  Politeama Genovese Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1917 Madrid  Teatro Reale Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1918  Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1918  Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1918 Genova  Teatro Paganini Boheme (Rodolfo)
1919  Brescia  Teatro Sociale Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1919 Torino  Politeama Chiarella Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1919  Genova  Politeama Genovese Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1919 Verona  Teatro Filarmonico Francesca da Rimini (Malatestino)
1920 Trieste  Politeama Rossetti Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1920  Ferrara  Teatro Comunale Francesca da Rimini (Malatestino)
1921  Bologna  Teatro Comunale Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1921 Venezia  Teatro La Fenice Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1921 Citt  del Messico - Teatro Esperanza Iris Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1921 Venezia  Teatro Malibran Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1922  Milano  Teatro alla Scala Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1923 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1923 Rio de Janeiro - Teatro Municipal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1924 Milano  Teatro La Scala Boheme (Rodolfo)
1924 Milano  Teatro La Scala Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1925 Milano  Teatro La Scala Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1925 Milano  Teatro La Scala Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1925 Milano  Teatro La Scala Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1926 Milano  Teatro La Scala Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1927 Como  Teatro Sociale Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1928 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1928 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1928  Milano  Teatro La Scala Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1929 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1929 Roma  Teatro dell'Opera Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1929 Ferrara  Teatro Comunale Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1929 Milano  Teatro La Scala Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1929 Milano  Teatro La Scala Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1930 Torino  Teatro Regio Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1930 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1930 Ravenna  Teatro Alighieri Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1930 Roma  Teatro dell'Opera Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1931 Roma  Teatro dell'Opera Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1931 Bergamo  Teatro Donizetti Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1931  Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1931  Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1932  Genova  Teatro Carlo Felice Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1932 Bergamo  Teatro Donizetti Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1932 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1932 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1932 Perugia  Teatro Morlacchi Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1932 Trieste  Teatro Verdi Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1933 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1933 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1934 Modena  Teatro Municipale Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1934 Milano  Teatro La Scala Favorita (Fernando)
1936  Parma  Teatro Regio Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1936 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1940 Verona  Teatro Nuovo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)


Fonotipia, Milano 1924-11-26
Nerone (Mascagni): Queste ad un lido fatal 74934 xxPh 5491
Nerone (Mascagni): Ecco la Dea si china 74935 XXPh5492-2

Fonotipia, Milano 1924-11-28
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Fra poco a me ricovero 74936 xxPh 5495
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Tu che a'Dio 74937 xxPh 5496

Fonotipia, Milano 1925-04-21
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): O Lola 74942 xxPh 5560
Iris (Mascagni): Apri la tua finestra 74943 xxph5561

Fonotipia, Milano 1925-04-23
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo  e mar 74949 xxPh 5563

Fonotipia, Milano 1925-05-05
Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri mondi with Luisa Bertana 74944 xxPh 5586

Fonotipia, Milano 1925-09-25
Andrea Chenier (Mascagni): Colpito qui m'avete 74950 xxPh 5559
Andrea Chenier (Mascagni): E volli pien d'amore pregar! 74951  xxPh 5558

Fonotipia, Milano 1925-09-29
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira 74946 XXPh5672
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si ben mio 74947 XXPh5673

Fonotipia, Milano 1926-04-02
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): La rivedro with Antonio Righetti, Ines Maria Ferraris, Cesare Baromeo and Luisa Bertana 74973 xxPh 5680
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): E scherzo with Antonio Righetti, Ines Maria Ferraris, Cesare Baromeo and Luisa Bertana 74974 xxPh 5666

Fonotipia, Milano 1926-04-09
Le Campane di San Giusto (Arona) 152036 Pho5702

Fonotipia, Milano 1926-04-15
Monte Grappa (Meneghetti-De Bono) with Ernesto Badini 152037 Pho5724

Fonotipia, Milano 1926-10-19
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): No, pagliaccio non son 120026 xxPh 5771
Lohngrin (Wagner): Da voi lontan 120000 xxPh 5772

Fonotipia, Milano 1926-10-20
Lohngrin (Wagner): Cigno fedel 168018 Pho5773
Lohngrin (Wagner): Lohengrin S'ei torna alfin 168019 Pho5774
La campana di San Giusto (Arona) 168063 Pho 5776
Boheme (Puccini): O soave fanciulla with Rosetta Pampanini 120001 XXPh 5775

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-01-24
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 120026 xxPh 5770
Turandot (Puccini): Non piangere, Liu 168029 Pho 5871
Turandot (Puccini): Nessun dorma 168029 Pho 5872

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-05-19
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia 120056 xxPh 5934
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle 120056 xxPh 5935
Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina 74948 xxPh 5562

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-05-20
L'ultima Canzone (Tosti) 120066 xxPh 5971
Mia sposa sarа la mia bandiera (Rotoli) 120066 Ph 5942
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Un grande spettacolo 120070 xxPh 5953

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-05-21
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 168096 Pho 5949
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Un tal gioco, credetemi 120070 xxPh 5944

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-05-23
Trovatore (Verdi): O giusto cielo…Perigliati ancor with Irene Minghini-Cattaneo 120057 XXPh5959
Trovatore (Verdi): Mal reggendo with Irene Minghini-Cattaneo 120057 XXPh5960
Vieni (Denza) 168063 Pho 5961

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-05-24
Trovatore  (Verdi): Miserere with  Irene Minghini-Cattaneo 120047 XXPh5967
Aida (Verdi): Se...Celeste Aida 120048 xxPh 5969

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-05-25
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Addio, fiorito asil with Giulio Fregosi 120065, XXPh5972
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell'amore with Wanda Bardone, Irene Minghini-Cattaneo and Giulio Fregosi 120047 xxPh 5970

Fonotipia, Milano 1927-10-11
Rigoletto (Verdi): Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime 120081 xxPh 5943
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile 168096 Pho 5950

Pertile by Stampanoni

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