V1077. MAFALDA SALVATINI: Arias & Duets (w.Jadlowker & Schlusnus) from Aďda, Cavalleria, Tosca, Fedora, Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly, Rusalka, Saffo, Carmen, Tiefland, Die Toten Augen, La Juive & Turandot. (Austria) Preiser 89653, recorded 1919-30. - 717281896535
“Mafalda Salvatini was an Italian opera singer who was primarily active in Germany during the first half of the 20th century. She excelled in the dramatic soprano repertoire of the Italian language and was one of the leading operatic sopranos in Berlin from 1908-1932. Although she performed as a guest artist in other German cities and in Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, and Latvia, she never performed at theatres in her native country. She made several recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon and Odeon record labels. Her musical talents were evident at an early age and she was encouraged to pursue a singing career. She studied voice in Paris with Pauline Viardot-Garcia and Jean de Reszké. She later studied with Julius Lieban in Germany.
Salvatini made her professional opera début in 1908 at the age of 21 at the Berlin State Opera in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA, together with Enrico Caruso, who is said to have carried her onto the stage because she would not come out to collect her applause. She remained active at that theatre through 1914, singing such roles as Leonora in Verdi's IL TROVATORE and the title role in Giacomo Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY. In 1912 she appeared as a guest artist at the Bavarian State Opera and in 1913 she made her début with the Paris Opéra as Valentine in Giacomo Meyerbeer's LES HUGUENOTS.
In 1914 Salvatini joined the roster of singers at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, remaining committed there through 1923. She was committed again to the Berlin State Opera from 1924-1926 where she was heard in the title role of Puccini's TURANDOT for the work's Berlin premiere in 1926 under the baton of Bruno Walter. She then returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she was active until her retirement from the stage in 1932.”
- Ned Ludd