Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 9, 2015

Giuseppe Costa (Tenor) (Messina, Italy 1895 - Milano, Italy 1982)

He studied singing under Giuseppe Longo and Gino Golisciani. He made his debut in 1920 at the Teatro Mastroiano in Messina as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’.  He also sang the role of Arturo in ‘’I Puritani’’ there.  In 1923 he appeared at Bologna as Duca in ‘’Rigoletto’’.  He made guest appearances in AntwerpGermany, Austria and Hungary. He appeared in the USA in 1932 and 1934 with Teatro dei Piccoli and in Hollywood as partner to Lilian Harvey in the sound film ‘’Susanna’’. In the 1927-1932 seasons he performed on Italian radio with RAI and regularly in the foremost Italian houses. He sang for the last time in opera in 1940 and spent his last years at the Casa di Riposo in Milan.

 Chronology of some appearances

1923 Messina  Teatro Mastroieni Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1924 Parma Teatro Regio Judith di A.Furlotti
1926 Torino Teatro Balbo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1933 New York National Theater Compagnia Piccolo Teatro
1935 Cosenza  Teatro Rendano Turandot (Calaf)


Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina 148-B
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Addio alla madre Brunswick 148-A

Columbia, Milano 1925?
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Serenata D772 B842
Sonnambula (Bellini): Prendi l'anel ti dono D772 B853

Pathé, Milano 1926?
Fedora (Giordano) Amor ti vieta X15194 88895
Favorita (Donizetti) Una vergine X15765 80123

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