Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 1, 2013

Amleto Barbieri (Baritone) (Mezzana/Pisa 1883 - New York 1957)

                                                          Emilio Barbieri

He was a son of the known baritone Emilio Barbieri (1848-99), who let him to study singing under the great baritone Lelio Casini in Milan. In 1905 he appeared for the first time at the Teatro Politeama of Pisa as Renato in Verdi’s ‘’Ballo in maschera’’. Then he sang in different theaters of the Italian province, among other things in 1911 at the Teatro Fenice of Venice, in 1914 at the Teatro Verdi in Padua and in 1915 at the Teatro Politeama, Pisa. On 2. 4. 1914 he performed at La Scala in the premiere of F. Alfano’s opera ‘’L'Ombra di Don Giovanni’’ in the part of the Rinuccio (in the other leading roles Tina Poli Randaccio and Edward Johnson). During the years after the First World War he left Italy and sat down in New York. Here he sang in 1921 in New York Opera House the role of Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’, in 1922 the role of Jago in Verdi’s ‘’Otello’’, however, did not come to the expected big stage career. In 1925 he appeared again with a concert in New York and then devoted himself to the educational work.

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Pisa Politeama Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
1908 Cairo Teatro Abbas Stagione
1911 Venezia   Teatro La Fenice Ernani (Carlo)
1913 Padova Teatro Verdi Otello (Jago)
1915 Venezia   Teatro Rossini  Favorita (Alfonso)
1917 Pisa Teatro Verdi Gioconda (Barnaba)
1919 Firenze Teatro Verdi Forza del destino (Carlo)
1921 Pisa Circolo Babilonia Concerto
1923 New York Royal Arcadium Concerto


Edison cylinders, 1912/1913
Tannhäuser (Wagner): O tu bell'astro test, unpub.  44924

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