V0120. ITALIAN BARITONES OF THE ACOUSTIC ERA, 1904–24, incl. Bonini, Corradetti, Parvis, Campanari, Bellantoni, Montesanto, Viviani & Badini. (Italy) Bongiovanni 1043, recorded 1904-24. Final copy! - 8007068104321
“Giuseppe Bellantoni began his education in Messina, then became a pupil of the famous Antonio Cotogni in Rome. His stage début took place in 1905 at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina as Renato in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA. He moved himself later basically to the dramatic and above all to the Wagner's repertoire and became one of the most significant representatives of this vocal field in Italy. In 1907 he sang at La Scala as Alberico in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG. In 1911 he again performed at La Scala, but this time in SIEGFRIED. In 1912 he appeared at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome as Enrico in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. In 1913 he sang at the Teatro Regio in Parrma in NABUCCO and AĎDA. In 1918 Bellantoni appeared at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna as Amonasro and as Germont in LA TRAVIATA. In 1919 he guested at the Teatro Comunale of Forli, again as Germont. In 1927 he sang at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza. Bellantoni appeared also at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 1908. He finished his stage career approximately in 1930.”
“Ferruccio Corradetti created the role of Tartaglia at the Teatro Costanzi, Roma, 17 Jan., 1901, in one of the six premieres (on that night) of Mascagni’s LE MASCHERE. In 1904 he sang at the Teatro Lirico, Milano, in the premieres of two prize-winning operas of the Sonzogno competition: 15 May, 1904 in MANUEL MENENDEZ of Lorenzo Filiati, one day later, on the 16th, in LA CABRERA of Gabriel Dupont (with Gemma Bellincioni as his partner). In 1910 he created the title role at the premiere of the opera MALBRUK of Leoncavallo, and in 1913 at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome in the premiere of Tommasini’s UGUALE FORTUNA. In 1914 he went to North America where he first guested in Boston,then later in New York. He was married to soprano Bice Adami; also his daughter, Iris Adami-Corradetti became a glorious singer and pedagogue.”
“A pupil of Santorno in Palermo, Luigi Montesanto began his operatic work as a youth in small roles at the Massimo in Palermo. His début in substantial roles took place at the Biondo in Palermo, 1908, as Escamillo in CARMEN and Silvio in PAGLIACCI. After singing throughout Italy, Montesanto appeared at the Colón (Buenos Aires) as Jochanaan in that house’s premiere of Strauss’ SALOME and then with the Metropolitan, creating there Michele in the world premiere of Puccini’s IL TABARRO. His career also included La Scala, the Teatro Costanzi, and the Chicago Opera. He taught in later years, his primary pupil having been Giuseppe di Stefano. Recordings of Montesanto’s voice appear on Pathé, Fonotipia, and electrically on Italian Columbia.”
"Ernesto BADINI sang mainly in Italy and South America and specialized, particularly later in his career, in buffo roles. He made many recordings and appeared in several complete operas other than PAGLIACCI including LA BOHEME, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, and an electric recording of DON PASQUALE. He was the first Gianni Schicchi at both La Scala and Covent Garden."
- Ned Ludd