Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 30, 2012

Teresa Burchi (Soprano) (Sestola 1877 - Milano 1963)

At first she studied in Bologna with Campana, then with Vallini in Milan. She made her debut in 1906 at the Teatro Storchi of Modena in ‘’Gioconda’’. During the following years she had significant success on the big Italian opera theaters in the dramatic field, among other things in ‘’Gioconda’’, ‘’Aida’’’, ‘’Ugonotti’’ and ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’. Already in 1908 she guested at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Selika in ‘’L’Africana’’ and as Gioconda in Ponchielli’s opera of the same name. In 1912 she was  in Bologna where at the Teatro Comunale she appeared as Isolde in ‘’Tristano e Isotta’’. The next year she went to Madrid and performed at the Teatro Reale in ‘’Mefistofele’’. In 1917 she arrived in Rio de Janeiro to perform at the Teatro Municipal. Then she turned more and more to the Wagnerian repertoire and became in this area one of the leading Italian singers of her generation. She continues to appear on the opera stages until 1928. She made three records for Gramophone.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Modena Teatro Storchi  Gioconda (Gioconda)
1908 Naples Teatro San Carlo L'Africana (Selika)
1912 Bologna Teatro Comunale Tristano e Isotta (Isotta)
1913 Madrid Teatro Reale Mefistofele (Elena)
1917 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal Tristano e Isotta (Isotta)


Gramophone, Milano 1917-03-13
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Suicidio  R 5363 7-253043
Norma (Bellini): Casta diva  S 5516 2-0253009

Burchi Teresa by Stampanoni

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