Forgotten Opera Singers
Dec 19, 2013
Mario Guardabassi (Tenor) (Perugia 1867 - Palm Beach 1952)
Originally he was a painter. He studied singing in
In 1903 he made his debut as baritone at the Metroplitan Opera of Italy as Silvio in R.
Leoncavallo’s ‘’Pagliacci’’ opposite Enrico Caruso, Marcella Sembrich and
Antonio Scotti. In the 1903-1904 season Guardabassi appeared in different
american opera houses ( New York Chicago, Washington, D.C.,
Pittsburgh, Boston) as comprimario baritone.
He cut short his operatic career approximately five years and then started to appear as tenor singing principal
tenor roles mostly at the Chicago Opera House and at the Metropolitan Opera of
Philadelphia. His favorite roles was Don Jose in G. Bizet’s ‘’Carmen’’.
Chronology of some appearances
Metropolitan Pagliacci (Silvio) New York
Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Josè) Chicago
Civic Opera House Romeo et Juliette (Romeo) Chicago
Metropolitan Carmen (Don Josè) Philadelphia
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Cavalleria Rusitacana (Mascagni): Siciliana J403
Mattinata (Leoncavallo) J 405