Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 30, 2014

Virgilio Lazzari (Bass) (Assisi 1887 - Castel Gandolfo 1953)

He sang with the Vitale Operetta Company, 1908–11, then studied in Rome with Cotogni . He made his operatic début at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome, in 1914. After singing in South America, in 1917 he made his North American début at Boston. He sang with the Chicago Opera (1918–33), then made his Metropolitan début as Don Pédro (''L'Africaine''), remaining with the company until 1951 and singing 20 roles. From 1934to1939 he appeared at the Salzburg Festival, where he sang Pistol (''Falstaff''), Bartolo and Leporello, the role of his only Covent Garden appearance (1939). His most famous role was that of Archibaldo ( Italo Montemezzi's ''L'amore dei tre re''), which he sang first in 1916 in Mexico City and as late as 1953 in Genoa. Although not blessed with a great voice, Lazzari was considered one of the best singing actors in his particular repertory.

Chronology of some appearances

Il re d’Egitto 6/6/1916, Fouquier-Tinville 11/13/1916, Il cieco 11/14/1916, Colline 11/17/1916, Fouquier-Tinville 11/18/1916, Raimondo Bidebent 3/4/1919, Don Basilio 3/6/1919, Erster Nazarener 2/28/1922, Ein Coppadocier 2/28/1922, Un moine peintre 3/1/1922, Colline 2/27/1934, Ramfis 3/27/1934, Colline 3/9/1937, Leporello 3/15/1938, Il dottore Bartolo 2/28/1939, Colline 2/13/1940, Simone 1/18/1944, Oroveso 2/1/1944, Alvise Badoero 3/13/1945, Il Talpa 1/22/1946, Colline 12/7/1951 (Filadelfia)


Edison, New York 1916-12-17/19
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): La calunnia 82555 5220-A

Vocalion, New York 1922-05?
Bohème (Puccini): Vecchia zimarra  30171
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): La calunnia 52038
Simon Boccanegra (Verdi): Il lacerato spirito 70040

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