Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 2, 2015

Primo Montanari (Tenor) (Gatteo 1895 - Gatteo, Forli 1972)



When he was 14-year-old, his family emigrated to North America. He studied singing in Boston, however, came back during the First World War to Italy and made his debut in 1918 in Savona in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’. At the famous Italian opera stages his repertore included the Duke in G. Verdi’s ‘’Rigoletto’’’, Edgardo in G. Donizetti’s ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, Elvino in V. Bellini’s ‘’La Sonnambula’’ and Almaviva in G. Rossini’s ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’. In 1927 he married the famous prima donna Lina Pagliughi (1907-80) and now sang often together, among other things in the 1929-1930 season at the Italian Opera in Holland. After his retirement, which was happened probably in 1941, he informed partly together with his wife a singing school at Milan

Chronology of some appearances

1918 Savona Opera House Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1929 Parma Teatro Regio Falstaff (Fenton)
1929 Parma Teatro Regio Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)


Delusione (Sandoval) 
Rondine al nido (de Crescenzo)

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