OP1795. DON PASQUALE, recorded 1905-07, w.Antonio Pini-Corsi, Ernesto Badini, Aristodemo Giorgini, Giuseppina Huguet, etc. (England) Cheyne 44465, recorded 1905-07, G & T. Out-of-print, Final Copy!
“Antonio Pini-Corsi had a notable international career, in particular singing buffo baritone and bass parts such as Leporello, Bartolo and Don Pasquale. He was chosen by Verdi to create the role of Ford in FALSTAFF at La Scala (1893), repeating the part a few months later in London and on tour in Britain.
Pini-Corsi made his début in 1878 at Cremona as Dandini, and specialised in comic roles at various Italian houses over the next fifteen years. He didn't appear at La Scala until 1893, but the success of his Rigoletto there led to his being cast as Ford, and in the months after the Milan premiere he also sang the part at Genoa, Rome, Venice and Brescia. He created the part of Schaunard in the Turin premiere of LA BOHÈME (1896). Subsequent premieres at La Scala included SIBERIA (Giordano 1903) and LA FIGLIA DI IORIO (Franchetti 1906).
He first worked in London at Covent Garden in 1894, singing Lescaut (MANON LESCAUT) before repeating Ford. He returned to the house in the 1902 season. At the Met he appeared from 1899, and between 1909 and 1914 he sang in the premieres of LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (Happy), KÖNIGSKINDER (Innkeeper), and other works, and in the American premieres of LE DONNE CURIOSE, L’AMORE MEDICO, and GERMANIA. He retired from singing in 1917.”
“The recordings of Aristodemo Giorgini give the impression of an ample lyric tenor of a size similar to, for example, that of the early di Stefano. Although he was trained in a period when established Italian tenors sang in a bel-canto style…with a full-throated forte and a range that encompassed an easy top C, must have made him an exponent of the bel-canto and lyric tenor repertoire.”
- Larry Lustig, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 1994