Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Oct 28, 2012

Angelo Scandiani (Baritone) (Venezia 1872 – Milan 1930)

At first he was an employee in the civil service. Around 1900 he began his singing career in smaller Italian stages. In 1903 he sang the role of Amfortas in a concert performance of the ‘’Parsifal’’ at La Scala (probably only 3-rd act). On 30. 11. 1904 he appeared at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Turin in the premiere of Alfano’s ‘’Risurrezione’’. In the first decade of the 20th century Scandiani made guest appearances at Covent Garden, London where from 1906-08 performed in ‘’Carmen’’, ‘’Faust’’, in different Verdi's operas, as a partner of Emmy Destinn in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’. In 1911 he was a member of the Nellie Melba’s opera troupe, which made appearances in Australia. In 1916 he sang at La Scala the role of Lothario in ‘’Mignon’’ together with Ninon Vallin. The same year he guested at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as Hans Sachs in the ‘’Meistersingers’’. He was also known as an interpreter of the part of the Mefistofele in ‘’La damnation de Faust’’ written by Berlioz. From 1919-30 he was active in the administrative apparatus of  La Scala.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 Trieste Teatro Verdi Siberia (Gleby)
1903 Trieste Teatro Verdi Dannazione di Faust (Mefistofele)
1903 Novara Teatro Coccia Favorita (Alfonso)
1904 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Adriana Lecouvreur (Michonnet)
1904 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
1905 Odessa Teatro Municipale Adriana Lecouvreur (Michonnet)
1905 Odessa Teatro Municipale Tannhauser (Wolfram)
1905 Firenze Teatro della Pergola Favorita (Alfonso)
1905 Mirandola  Teatro Nuovo Gioconda (Barnaba)
1905 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Tosca (Scarpia)
1906 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
1906 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
1906 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Otello (Jago)
1907 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Dannazione di Faust (Mefistofele)
1907 Londra Covent Garden Boheme (Marcello)
1907 Londra Covent Garden Carmen (Escamilio)
1910 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Marcello)
1910 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
1910 Venezia Teatro La Fenice Dannazione di Faust (Mefistofele)
1910 Trieste Teatro Verdi Manon Lescaut (Lescaut)
1911 Sidney Her Majestic's Boheme (Marcello)
1911 Sidney Her Majestic's Lohengrin (Tetralmondo)
1911 Sidney Her Majestic's Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
1911 Melbourne His Majesty's Otello (Jago)
1914 Novara Teatro Coccia Dannazione di Faust (Mefistofele)
1916 Milano Teatro alla Scala Mignon (Laerte)


Edison 4-min cylinders, Milano 1910?
Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Su queste rose 7523, BA 22444
Tannhauser (Wagner): O tu bell'astro  7546, BA 22467

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