Monday, August 1, 2016

Rinaldo Schenone (Tenor) (Genova 1890 - ?)

In 1923 he was engaged for the season of Coliseo Buenos Ayres. He decided to move to the United States groped for the luck in the opera. After being returned to Italy went again in the United States and decided to devote himself also to the Musical.

Chronology of some appearances

1916 Rome Teatro Adriano Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1918 Rome Teatro Nazionale Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1919 Modena Teatro Storchi Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1920 Catania Teatro Bellini Pagliacci (Canio)
1921 Genova Teatro Paganini Pagliacci (Canio)
1922 Palermo Teatro Biondo Forza del Destino (Alvaro)
1923 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Aida (Radames)
1924 New York Manatthan Opera House Pagliacci (Canio)



Fonotipia Milano, 1919-01-01
Die Walküre (Wagner): finale, Act I with  Giuseppina Baldassarre-Tedeschi 74230  xxPh 5299 

Fonotipia Milano, 1922-01-01
Samson e Dalila (Saint-Saens): Figli miei v'arrestate  152526 Pho 5503

Fonotipia Milano, 1922-12-01 
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Mazurka with Giuseppina Baldassarre Tedeschi  152527 Pho 5502

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Fernando Autori (Bass) (Calatafimi 1886 - Firenze 1937)

First he studied medicine, but then wanted to become a painter, however, finally, he studied singing under Antonio Cantelli in Palermo. He made his debut in 1908 at the Teatro Bellini of Naples. In 1913  he was in Palermo, where at the Teatro Massimo he appeared as king in ‘’Isabeau’’ of Mascagni. He successfully sang in this same opera house in 1916 and 1919. After a guest performance at the Teatro Carcano and at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan he made his debut in 1924 at La Scala, Milan (beginning role: Geronte in 'Manon Lescaut' of Puccini). Here he worked till 1936. He sang at La Scala in the premieres of the operas ‘’La cena delle beffe’’ of Giordano (20.12.1924), ‘’I Cavalieri di Ekebù’’ of Zandonai (7. 3. 1925), ‘’La Sagredo’’ of Franco Vittadini (27. 4. 1930), ‘’Guido del Popolo’’ of Gino Robbiani (25. 3. 933) and ‘’l Campiello’’ of E.Wolf Ferrari (12. 2. 1936). In 1927 att the Teatro Argentina in Rome he appeared in the premiere of the opera ‘’Basi e Bote’’ of R. Pick-Mangiagalli. From 1924 to 1933 he made guest appearances with great success also at Covent Garden in London. There he sang in 1927 the role of Timur in the English première of Puccini’s ‘’Turandot’’. Autori also made guest appearances in Vienna, in Copenhagen, Monte Carlo, Oslo, Hague, Barcelona etc. He retired from the stage in 1941. Like Enrico Caruso he was also a gifted caricaturist.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Napoli Teatro Bellini Forza Del Destino (Guardiano)
1912 Pistoia Teatro Manzoni   Fedora (Cirillo)
1916 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Fanciulla del West (Wallace)
1920 Lugano Teatro Apollo Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio)
1922 Palermo  Teatro Biondo Forza del destino (Guardiano)
1924 Milano Teatro La Scala  Debora E Jaele di I.Pizzetti (Hever)
1926 Venezia Teatro La Fenice Ugonotti (Saint-Bris)
1928 Catania Teatro Bellini Don Chisciotte (Don Chisciotte)
1931 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Don Giovanni (Leporello)
1933 Torino Teatro Regio Don Chisciotte di J.Massenet (Don Chisciotte)
1936  Milano Teatro La Scala Gioconda (Alvise)
1941 Catania Piazzale G.I.L.Boheme (Colline)

He was great friends with my grandmother and my aunt, whom he met in London in 1932, and I thought you might be interested to know of the amazing singing performance he gave at Covent Garden in 1933!
The following excerpts are taken from my grandmother’s diary of that year – a tour de force that is unrivalled among any opera singer today.  Antonio Pappano has often complained about the lack of stamina of current singers and this proves how a well-trained singer can perform night after night as well as rehearsing other operas during the day without causing any damage to his vocal chords – to say nothing of the party life he was leading at the time!   

May 22nd   We go to hear Aida – Fernando singing Ramfis, the High Priest – go behind after to see Fernando – he takes us to supper at the Savoy.
May 31st    We go to Covent Garden to hear La Boheme – simply lovely, Fernando singing Colline - go behind to wait for him afterwards but he is tired and cross and anxious – we leave him at the Savoy

June 1st      We go to Covent Garden to hear Don Carlos – a beautiful opera.  Fernando as Phillippo II was simply magnificent – such a beautiful voice, such superb acting.  Wait for him afterwards and go with him to the Savoy, where we sit and talk and then come home

Fernando was also a talented cartoonist – I have one he did of my grandfather and there are several at the Royal Opera House in London as well as at the British Museum.

I wish to thank Virginia Tweedy for providing me this information.


Fonotipia, Milano 1927-01-11
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): La calunnia 120059 XXPh5813
Trovatore (Verdi): Abbietta zingara 120059 XXPh5814

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Etty Marulić (Etty Maroli) (Soprano) (Croatia, Zagreb 1896 - ?)

She was born in Croatia. Her real name was Etty pl. Marulić. First she studied singing in Croatia, then she perfected her vocal technique in Milan under the pedagogue Stradivari. She made her debut in Croatia. Her italian debut was happened in 1923 at the Teatro Alfieri in Asti as Leonora in ''Trovatore''. She retired from the stage in 1935. 

Chronology of some appearances

1916 Zagreb Opera Tosca (Tosca)
1923 Asti Teatro Alfieri Trovatore (Leonora)
1926 Salerno Teatro Verdi Tosca (Tosca)
1931 Intra Teatro Sociale Ballo in maschera (Amelia)


Fonotipia, Milano 1929-12-16
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): E che baccano sul caso strano, pt 1 with Angelo Pilotto, Antonio Righetti and Albino Marone 120219 XXPho6538
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): E che baccano sul caso strano, pt 2 with Angelo Pilotto, Antonio Righetti and Albino Marone 120219 XXPho6539

Fonotipia, Milano 1930-03-22
Fedora (Giordano): Vedi, io piango, pt 1 with Egidio Cunego 168371 Mo2913

Fonotipia, Milano 1930-03-25
Fedora (Giordano): Vedi, io piango, pt 2 with Egidio Cunego 168371 Mo2921

Fonotipia, Milano 1930-03-26
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Dich, teure Halle 168284 Mo 2922

Ines Lombardi (Soprano)

Probably she made her debut at the Teatro Garibaldi in Chioggia (1915). She retired from the stage in 1925. She made two records for Fonotipia.

Chronology of some appearances

1915 Chioggia Teatro Garibaldi  Trovatore (Leonora)
1919 Crema  Teatro Sociale  Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1921 Bari  Teatro Petruzzelli  Forza del destino (Leonora)
1923 Brescia  Teatro Grande Mefistofele (Elena)
1925 Bologna  Teatro Del Corso  Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)


Fonotipia, Milano 1924-09
Nerone (Boito): Decurione! E invan mi danni! with Salvatore Pollicino B152595 Pho5449

Lison (Soprano)


Fonotipia, Milano 1907-02-13
I Granatieri (Valente): Nell'ebbrezza d'un dolce sospir with Ferruccio Corradetti (as Fercor) 62050 XPh2458

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Emma Vecla (Soprano) (Algeri 1883 - Milano 1972)

She had been descended  from a French family and her real name was Ernestine Telmat. After her education in Paris she made her debut there in 1898 at the Opéra-Comique in ‘’Mignon’’ of A. Thomas. After she had appeared as an opera singer in FranceSpain and South America, she completely turned to the operetta. From 1907 to 1930 she was one of the biggest operetta singers in Italy. Her repertoire included also Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’, Marguerite in C. Gounod’s ‘’Faust’’, Lakmé in the opera of the same name by L. Delibes and the Zerline in ‘’Fra Diavolo’’ of  F. Auber. In Italy she was called a ‘’Queen of the operetta’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 Milano Teatro Lirico Thais (Thais)
1904 Rosario di Santa Fè Teatro Colon Boheme (Mimì)
1905 Oporto Teatro San Joao Lohengrin (Elsa)
1906 Sanremo Teatro del Casinò Zaza' (Zazà)
1907 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Stagione compagnia operette citta' di Milano
1908 Genova   Teatro Margherita Don Pasquale (Norina)
1910 Rosario di Santa Fè Teatro Opera Stagione Compagnia operette citta' di Milano
1911 Brunate Hotel Milan Concerto
1913 Milano Teatro Carcano Concerto


Fonotipia, Milano 1908-04-08
Lustige Witwe (Lehár): Tace il labbro with Emma Vecla (as Fercor)  92146 XPh3129

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-04-17
Frühlingsluft (Strauss, arr Reiterer): Vieni qui, fanciulla with Ferruccio Corradetti (as Fercor) 92147 XPh3160

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-02-23
Walzerträume (Straus)  Soave, lucenti with Nino Ferri  92433 xPh 3806

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-02-26
Walzerträume (Straus) Noi ragazze vaghe inver 92432 xPh 3811

Fonotipia, Milano 1911-01-01
Walzerträume (Straus)  Al caro e santo rito with Azzali 92560  xPh 4039
Amor di principe (Eysler) Valzer delle rose 92867 Xph4779
Amor di principe (Eysler) O Parigi immensa with Anna Perretti and Alfredo Petroni 92868 Xph4783
Amor di principe (Eysler) Non puoi certo immaginare with Alfredo Petroni  92870 Xph4785

Fonotipia, Milano 1911-12-15
Amor di Principe (Eysler) Io vo' lanciarli with Gino Vannutelli 92869 Xph4780

Gino Vannutelli (Tenor)

First he studied at the school of the famous actor Luigi Monti and made his debut as an actor in the company of Italia Vitaliani. Later he studied singing under the maestro Marucelli and made his debut in 1899 at the Teatro Reale in Malta as Guglielmo in A. Thoma’s ‘’Mignon’’. At the Giulio Marchetti’s operetta company he was heard by the manager Giacobazzi, who was engaged him for a long tour in South America, that kept him away from Italy for four years. He returned to Italy and appeared again in operetta always performing in the best companies. Later he created his own operetta company.

Chronology of some appearances

1899 Malta Teatro Reale Mignon (Guglielmo)
1900 Malta Teatro Reale Pagliacci (Canio)
1901 Cagliari  Politeama Regina Margherita  Dinorah (Corentino)
1902 Parma Politeama Reinach Barbiere di Siviglia di G.Paisiello (Almaviva)
1906 Caracas Teatro Municipal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1912 Parma Politeama Reinach Compagnia operette Vecla
1918 Parma Politeama Reinach Compagnia operette Vannutelli


Fonotipia, Milano 1911-12-15
Amor di Principe (Eysler) Io vo' lanciarli with Emma Vecla 92869 Xph4780