Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 13, 2013

Giovanni Inghilleri (Baritone) (Porto Empedocle, Sicily 1894 - Milan 1959)


He was trained first as a pianist and discovered his voice while working as a repetiteur. In 1919 he made his debut as Valentin in Faust at the Carcano, Milan, and then went on to sing with considerable success throughout Italy, at the Costanzi in Rome, the S Carlo in Naples (the first of many seasons in 1922, the last being 1948) and La Scala. He was enthusiastically received at his debut in Pagliacci at Covent Garden in 1928, and returned there for the next two seasons and again in 1935. A highlight of his career in London was the 1930 Traviata with Ponselle and Gigli where his ‘steadiness of tone, flawless phrasing and ease of manner’ were commended as a model. He sang at Chicago in 1929, and later in France and Spain. In 1936 he appeared in the premiere of G.F. Malipiero's Giulio Cesare in Genoa. He continued to prove his worth as a musicianly singer (he was also a composer of opera, ballet and songs) until his retirement in 1953, after which he taught singing in Milan. Recordings show the fine voice and authoritative style that distinguished him in the 1920s; when he returned to the studios after the war, his style had deteriorated, though his tone remained impressive.

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Roma  Teatro Nazionale Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1919 Palermo  Teatro Biondo Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1919 Palermo  Teatro Biondo Tosca (Tosca)
1920 Palermo  Teatro Biondo Boheme (Marcello)
1920 Reggio Emilia  Politeama Reggiano Boheme (Marcello)
1920 Torino  Teatro Verdi Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1920 Parma  Politeama Reinach Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1921 Genova  Teatro Paganini  Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1921 Genova  Teatro Paganini Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1921 Genova  Teatro Paganini Pagliacci (Tonio)
1921 Finale Emilia  Teatro Sociale Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1922 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1922 Bologna  Politeama Margherita Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1923 Faenza  Teatro Masini Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1923 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
1924 Bologna  Teatro Comunale Boheme (Marcello)
1925 Firenze  Teatro Della Pergola Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1926 Bologna  Teatro Duse Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1926 Parma  Politeama Reinach Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1928 Varese  Teatro Sociale Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1931 Genova  Politeama Genovese Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1931 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1933 Cagliari Teatro Civico Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1933 Genova  Politeama Genovese Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1937 San Severo  Teatro Comunale Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1939 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Marcello)
1939 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)


Pathe, Milano 1926/1927
Otello (Verdi): Si pel ciel marmoreo with Tullio Verona 88512 10454
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): All'idea, pt 1  with Giovanni Manuritta 12625 88326
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): pt 2 with Giovanni Manuritta 12625 88327

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-03-23
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Enzo Grimaldo, pt 1 with Ferdinando Ciniselli 168139 Pho6220
Gioconda (Ponchielli): pt 2  with Ferdinando Ciniselli 168139 Pho6221

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-03-24
Boheme (Puccini): O Mimi, tu piu non torni with Ferdinando Ciniselli 168195 Pho6228

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-05-24
Trovatore (Verdi): Di geloso amor with Sante Montelauri and Tina Poli Randaccio 120146 XXPh6267

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-10-20
Trovatore (Verdi): Udiste...Mira, d'acerbe lagrime...Vivra, contende il giubilo with Tina Poli Randaccio  120195 XXPh640809
Trovatore (Verdi): Vivra, contende il giubilo with Tina Poli Randaccio 120195 XXPh640809

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-10-22
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Ora posso morir...Cosi mantieni il patto with Tina Poli Randaccio 168199 Pho6415
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cosi mantieni il patto with Tina Poli Randaccio 168199 Pho6416

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-10-24
Faust (Gounod):  Dio possente 120193 XXPh6425
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Nemico della patria 120193 XXPh6426

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