Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 14, 2014

Giuseppe Manacchini (Baritone) (Crevalcore/Bologna 1902 - Milan 1990)

                                                        De Siriex in ‘’Fedora''

He studied in Bologna and Milan, where he also made his debut in 1930. In 1934 he travelled as a soloist around Holland with the choir of  the Teatro Alla Scala. In 1936 he appeared at the Opera House in Rome as a partner of Toti dal Monte and Beniamino Gigli in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’. Here he sang in the premieres of the operas ‘’Cyrano de Bergerac’’ of Alfano (22. 1. 1936), ‘’Notturno romantico’’ of Pick-Magiagalli (1936), ‘’Re Lear’’ of Alberto Ghislanzoni (1937) and ‘’Caracciolo’’ of Vittadini (1938). Since 1938 he also performed at the Teatro Alla Scala, among other things as De Siriex in ‘’Fedora’’ of Giordano. He appeared as a guest in Barcelona and Madrid and in the 1948-1954 seasons often at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon. He also gave guest performances in North America and South America. He counted one of the leading lyric Baritones of his generation in Italy. To his star roles belonged the Figaro in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Germont in ‘’Traviata’’, Renato in Verdi’s ‘’Ballo in maschera’’, Don Carlo in ‘’Forza del destino’’, Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’, Marcello in ‘’Bohème’’, Sharpless in ‘Madama Butterfly’’, Tonio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, De Siriex in ‘’Fedora’’ of Giordano and the Telramund in ‘’Lohengrin’’. Married to soprano Delia Benning. He spent his old age at the Casa di riposo Verdi in Milan. In 1984 he appeared in the film ‘’Il bacio di Tosca’’ and sang before the camera again his Rigoletto.

Chronology of some appearances

1936 Rome Opera House Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico)
1948-1954 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo


Cetra, 1939-05-21
Rigoletto (Verdi): Cortigiani vil razza dannata  CC2158 2-70236

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