Sunday, June 30, 2013

Elvino Ventura (Tenor) ( Palermo 1873 - Milan 1931)

He studied with Martin in Milan and made his debut in 1894 at the Teatro Epicarmo in Noto and soon widely recognized as one of the most important tenors in Italy. In 1896 he appeared at the Teatro Regio in Turin as Marziale in  ''Forza dell’amore'' of  A. Buzzi-Peccia. In 1900 he sang at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa the role of Alfredo in ''La Traviata''. The next year, Ventura appeared at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Osaka in Mascagni's ''Iris'' with Fausta Labia (the wife of the famous tenor Emilio Perea), one of his most famous roles. In 1901 he created the role of Florindo in the premiere of Mascagni's ''Le Maschere'' at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. In 1909 with the Castellano Opera Company he was heard in Holland and Belgium. He appeared in almost all significant italian opera stages, also made guest appearances in London, Paris, Buenos Aires, Madrid, St. Petersburg and Warsaw. In his book Titta Ruffo wrote that he had the honour to sing with Elvino Ventura and soprano Pandolfini in ''La Traviata''. He was one of the most prolific recording opera singers of his time. His largest group of records was made for Odeon, Fonotipia, Zonophone, APGA, Pathe and Edison.

Chronology of appearances

1894 Noto Teatro Epicarmo Stagione
1896 Turin Teatro Regio Forza dell’amore (Marziale)
1900 Genoa Teatro Regio  La Traviata (Alfredo)
1901 Palermo Teatro Massimo Iris (Osaka)
1901 Venice Teatro La Fenice Le Maschere (Florindo)


Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1905-03-
Fra Diavolo (Auber): Del Capitan alla salute! with Corradetti and Luppi 37017 Xm65
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Siciliana 37020 Xm62
Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-13
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Donna non vidi mai 39293 XPh 323

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-21
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Guardate pazzo son 39328 XPh 338

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-22
Traviata (Verdi): Parigi, o cara with Giuseppina Finzi-Magrini 39682 XPh 1911

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-11-09
Iris (Mascagni): O come al tuo sottile 39317 XPh 383

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-11-18
Traviata (Verdi):  Prendi, quest'e l'imma with Russ and Corradetti 39380 XPh 476

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-03-09

Manon (Massenet): Fanciulla, il vostro nome with Giorgina Caprile 39552 XPh1690

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-05-25
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Tu qui Santuzza? with Maria De Macchi unpubl. XPh1906
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): No, no, Turiddu Maria De Macchi unpubl. XPh1914
Rigoletto (Verdi): E'il sol dell'anima with Giuseppina Finzi-Magrini 39681 XPh 1902

Fonotipia, Milano 1907-10-15
Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): O Lola 62115 XPh 2676
Iris (Mascagni): Apri la tua finestra 62117 XPh 2682
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) Tombe degl'avi miei 92006, XPh 2680
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Fra poco a me ricovero 92007 XPh 2681

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