Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 28, 2015

Antonio Notariello (Tenor) (Foggia, Italia 1892 – London, England 1975)

He studied singing under Agostino Roche and Fernando De Lucia in Napoli and began his career in 1919, appearing in Napoli (Teatro San Carlo), Roma (Teatro Costanzi) and Milano (Teatro Dal Verme). He has been described by the leading music critic of Naples as the most classical and beautiful tenor of the young generation. In 1921 under engagement to Meters. J. & N.  Tail, he was induced to extend his English, American, and Continental tour to Australasia; and in New Zealand and Sydney, where he was associated with thoVerbrugghen Orchestra at the Sydney Conseryatorium, he won tremendous popularity. He then toured Australia with the Melba Company during the 1920s singing Rodolfo in “La Boheme’’ and Duca in “Rigoletto’’. He came to England in 1929, where he remained for the rest of his life. He last broadcast in 1948 on the Western Regional programme. (Information supplied by Michael E. Henstock, University of Nottingham). In 1936 he was married to the daughter of John Macmillan Brown, a Scot who became a prominent New Zealand anthropologist and university leader. His career cut short due to unspecified illness.

Chronology of some appearances

1919 or 1920 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1919 or 1920 Roma Teatro Costanzi Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1919 or 1920 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Traviata (Alfredo)
1921 New Zealand Auckland
1921? Sydney Opera Boheme (Rodolfo)
1921? Sydney Opera Rigoletto (Duca)
1922 New Zealand Auckland
1928 London Queen’s Hall


For you alone (Geehl) W6006 N1805A
Serenata (Toselli) W6004
Vaghissima sembianza W6006 N1812A
Vale W6004
Twilight (Teasdale - Glen) W6002
Agnus Dei (Bizet) W6003
Inverno triste (Tosti) W6002
O sole mio (Di Capua) W5001
Serse (Handel): Ombra mai fu W6005
Open thy blue eyes (Massenet) W5001
Teach me to live (Harte - Liddle) W6003
The star (Lummis - Rogers) W6005

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