Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 3, 2013

Margherita Bevignani (Soprano) (?1887 - Milano 1921)

She studied with Perilli and made her debut in 1909 at the Teatro Politeama Garibaldi of Treviso as Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’. During the next years she appeared with success in Italian provincial stages, thus among other things in 1911 at the Teatro Donizetti  in Bergamo as Regina in ‘’Ugonotti’’ of Meyerbeer. In 1914 she made guest appearance in Holland and had there a big success in ‘’Traviata’’. When Italy entered into the First World War, she could leave Holland only by ship. The ship was torpedoed in the English Channel by German submarines and sank and killing Rosita Cesaretti, contralto, while other artists like Attilio Salvaneschi, Giuseppe Reschiglian as well as Margherita Bevignani returned to Holland and remained there up to the end of the war. She sang in Holland untill 1918. During the big influenza epidemic of 1918 she fallen ill in Holland and after she had returned to Italy, there she was stricken from a serious attack of tuberculosis, that forced her to withdrawal from the scene.

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Treviso Politeama Garibaldi Carmen (Micaela)
1910 Trani Teatro Comunale   Mignon (Filina)
1911 Bergamo Teatro Donizetti Ugonotti (Regina)
1912 Brescia Teatro Sociale    Sonnambula (Amina)
1913 Cremona Politeama Verdi Fra' Diavolo (Zerlina)
1914 Vicenza   Teatro Verdi Traviata (Violetta)
1915 Novara   Teatro Coccia  Traviata (Violetta)
1916 Amsterdam Paleis Voor Volksvlijt Rigoletto (Gilda)
1917 Amsterdam Teatro Carrè Traviata (Violetta)
1918 Amsterdam Teatro Carrè Traviata (Violetta)


Favorite, Verona 1906-1909?
Traviata (Verdi): Un dì felice eterea with Attilio Maurini 1-39141

Edison 2-min cylinders, Italy 1913
Sonnambula (Bellini): Come per me sereno unpubl (test) 44546 

Gramophone, Milano 1915
Complete Traviata (Verdi): with Franco Tumminello and Ernesto Badini 


  1. For chronology of appearances: Margherita Bevignani (Soprano, Amneris) nell'Aida di Giuseppe Verdi: Politeama Alhambra di Taranto, 29 agosto 1909