Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 6, 2013

Rinalda Pavoni (Soprano) (Fabriano 1885 - 1968)

Probably her real surname was Pennari. She studied at the Liceo Musicale of Pesaro and made her debut in 1908 at Vittorio Emanuele of Turin as Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’. In 1913 she created the role of  Fleana in R. Leoncavallo’s new opera ‘’Zingari’’. After her retirement she devoted herself to teaching at the Liceo Musicale of Pesaro and soprano Marcella Pobbe was one of her pupil. In 1961 she performed in a recital opposite Gino Bechi.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Carmen (Micaela)
1911 Catania Teatro Bellini Tosca (Tosca)
1913 Pescara   Politeama Michetti Stagione
1915 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli     Margot di N. Costa
1917 Malta Teatro Reale Mefistofele (Margherita)
1919 Malta Teatro Reale Faust (Margherita)
1921 Gorizia Teatro Sociale Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)
1923 Olanda Stagione Compagnia Opera Italiana di De Hondt
1927 Fano Teatro Della Fortuna Concerto
1931 Pesaro Teatro Rossini Concerto
1961 Fabriano Teatro Gentile  Concerto


Odeon, Milano 1908?
Traviata (Verdi): Dite alla giovine with Luigi  Baldassari 37756

Gramophone, Milano 1911-07-28
Poliuto (Donizetti): La sacrilega parola with Gilberti, de Goetzen, Cannetti & chorus 054326 351aj

Gramophone, Milano 1911-07-31
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Fior di giaggiolo with Maria Passeri and Averando Gilberti 54459 1294ah
Africaine (Meyerbeer): O mia Selika with Gaetano Tommasini 054334 362aj
Luisa Miller (Verdi): Andrem ramminghi e poveri with Vittorio de Goetzen 054333 364aj
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Dite piu bella imagine with Gaetano Tommasini 054332 365aj

Columbia, Milano 1922?
Mefistofele (Boito): Lontano, lontano with Aureliano Pertile D4949 70600


  1. Pavoni was her real family name: she was the sister of my grandmother...
    Unfortunately, we have no records of her fantastic voice (her career was really too short, since she decided to interrupt it when she married, to start teaching).

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