V0488. Cesare Formichi: Songs by Hahn, de Fontenailles & Brogi; Arias from Rigoletto, La Traviata, Otello, Andrea Chénier, Tosca, Samson et Dalila, Thaïs, Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame & Die Walküre. (Austria) Preiser 89055, recorded 1924-28. - 717281890557
“Cesare Formichi was a prominent Italian operatic baritone, particularly associated with the Italian repertory. Formichi studied in Rome with Lombardo, and made his début in December 1907 at the Teatro Olimpia in Bologna as Lescaut in MANON. He went on to appear in Italy's leading opera houses, including La Scala. Soon, he was accepting a string of engagements to sing outside Italy, notably in Saint Petersburg (in 1912), Buenos Aires (in 1914), Paris (in 1922), Monte-Carlo, Vienna, and London (in 1924).
He sang as first baritone at the Lyric Opera of Chicago from 1922 until 1932. He sang in Berlin in October 1933 with the Italian opera conducted by Ettore Panizza. He went with a troupe of singers from La Scala on a tour of France in 1935, and later organized opera seasons in London.
Notable rôles of his included Ashton, Rigoletto, di Luna, Amonasro, Iago, and some Wagner parts sung in Italian (Klingsor, for example). Formichi possessed a big, rich-toned, important sounding voice which can be heard on the numerous acoustic and electrical recordings which he made during the peak of his career. His recordings of Hahn's 'D'une Prison' and de Fontenailles' 'Obstination' are marvels of exquisite style and refinement, quite unexpected from such a robusto Italian baritone, truly worth the marginal price of the entire CD!”
-Zillah Dorset Akron