Monday, July 29, 2013

Amedeo Bassi (Tenor) (Montespertoli, nr Florence 1874 - Florence 1949)

He trained in Florence, making his debut at Castelfiorentino in Filippo Marchetti's ‘’Ruy Blas’’ in 1897. After travelling widely in Italy he sang with great success in South America, where he performed regularly until 1912. He joined the Manhattan Opera Company in 1906 and made his Covent Garden debut the following year; he returned in 1911 for the British premiere of  ‘’La fanciulla del West’’, in which he also sang at the first performances in Rome and Chicago. At Monte Carlo in 1905 he participated in the premiere of Pietro Mascagni's ‘’Amica’’ and in Naples the following year that of Frederic d’Erlanger's ‘’Tess’’; he was also in the first American performance of Ermanno Wolf-Ferra's ‘’I gioielli della Madonna’’ (1912). In the 1920s at La Scala he began a second career, as an admired Wagnerian tenor. He taught in Florence where Ferruccio Tagliavini was among his pupils. Early recordings show a powerful voice produced in the typical verismo style.

Chronology of some appearances

1898 Livorno Politeama Boheme (Rodolfo)
1898 Firenze Teatro Pagliano Boheme (Rodolfo)
1899 Bologna Teatro Del Corso Boheme (Rodolfo)
1899 Carrara Politeama Boheme (Rodolfo)
1902 Vienna Un der Wien Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1903 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1904 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1905 Parigi Teatro Sarah Bernardt Andrea Chenier (Andrea Chenier)
1906 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Amica (Giorgio)
1906 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Amica (Giorgio)
1907 Trapani  Teatro Garibaldi Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1907 New York  Manhattan Opera House Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1908 New York  Manhattan Opera House Andrea Chenier (Andrea Chenier)
1909 Roma Teatro Costanzi Andrea Chenier (Andrea Chenier)


Fonotipia, Milano 1906-04-20
Tess (d'Erlanger): Stanotte ho fatto un sogno 39651 Xph1798
Siberia (Giordano): Orride steppe 39643 XPh1804
Siberia (Giordano): T'incontrai per via  39644 Xph 1805
Fedora (Giordano): Amor ti vieta 39727 Xph 1806

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-05-05
Canzone Guerresca (Giordano) 39726 Xph1855

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