Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 17, 2013

Luisa Bianco-Tamagno (Soprano) (? - Rivarolo Canavese 1914)

She was a niece of the famous tenor Francesco Tamagno (1850-1905). By the advice of her sister she studied singing at the Liceo Musicale of Turin. She made her debut on March 1902 at the Teatro Regio in Turin in the parts of the Sephore and Maria in the oratorio ‘’Mosè’’ of Lorenzo Perosi. On October of the same year she sang at Teatro Verdi of Florence the role of Suzel in ‘’Amico Fritz’’ of  P. Mascagni. In 1904 at the Teatro Carlo Felice in  Genoa she appeared in J. Massenet’s ‘’Grisélidis’’. In 1904 she sang at the Teatro Lirico in Milan the title role in ‘’Adriana Lecouvreur’’ of Cilea. In 1906 at La Scala in Milan she made her debut as Nannetta in ‘’Falstaff’’ of Verdi. Then she married the tenor Rinaldo Grassi (1885-1946), a well known tenor of his time. She died tragically  in car accident  which happened on the street of Rivarolo Canavese to Lombardore. 

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Turin Teatro Regio Mose (Sephore and Maria)
1902 Florence Teatro Verdi Amico Fritz (Suzel)
1904 Genoa Teatro Carlo Felice Griselidis (-)
1904 Milan Teatro Lirico Adriana Lecouvreur (Adriana)
1906 Milan La Scala Falstaff (Nannetta)


Odeon, Milano 1905/1906
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea): Ma dunque e vero? with Elvino Ventura  37214 xm 568

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