Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 11, 2015

Ludovico Oliviero (Tenor) (11. Jan. 1886 Palermo, † 25. Febr. 1948 New York)

Brother of the tenor Elvino Ventura (1875-1931). He studied in Milan and made his debut at the Teatro Regio of Turin. In the 1912-1917 seasons he was engaged by the La Scala to appear as comprimario. In 1918 he became a member of the Chicago Opera, where he worked 18 years. He made guest appearances in San Francisco and Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón, 1926-1927). In 1936 he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he sang up to his death (beginning part: Remendado in ‘’Carmen’’).

Chronology of some appearances

1912-1917 Milano La Scala
1918 Chicago Opera
1926-1927 Buenos Aires Teatro Colón
1936 New York Metropolitan Opera


Metropolitan Opera House, Broadcast 1948. Complete Boheme (Puccini): with Ferruccio Tagliavini, Bidú Sayao, John Brownlee, Mimi Benzell and Nicola Moscona (Oliviero as Parpignol)

Metropolitan Opera House, Broadcast 1940. Complete Aida (Verdi): with Arthur Carron, Rose Bampton, Bruna Castagna, Leonard Warren and Ezio Pinza  (Oliviero as Messenger)

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