V1155. LUIGI INFANTINO: Songs by Bizet, Falvo, Tosti, Cottrau, de Curtis, Bovio, Lama, de Meglio & Infantino; Arias & Duets (w.Adriana Guerrini & Paolo Silveri) from Barbiere, L'Elisir, Rigoletto, La Traviata & Manzoni Requiem. (Austria) Preiser 89674, recorded 1946-51. - 717281896740
“In 1948, Luigi Infantino made his début at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, as Nadir in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES, later singing Ramiro in LA CENERENTOLA, which he also sang that same year at the Verona Arena. The tenor sang regularly in Naples and Bologna, and made guest appearances at the New York City Opera in 1947: LA TRAVIATA (with Enzo Mascherini as Giorgio), RIGOLETTO (opposite Giuseppe Valdengo and Virginia MacWatters), MADAMA BUTTERFLY, LA BOHÈME, IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (conducted by Julius Rudel) and DON GIOVANNI. In 1949, the tenor went on a concert-tour of England and Australia.
In 1954, at the Teatro Fenice in Venice, Infantino sang Edgardo to the Lucia of Maria Callas, in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. At the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, he created AMLETO, by Mario Zefred, in 1961, and LA STIRPE DI DAVIDE by Franco Mannino, in 1962. In 1964 Infantino reprised his rôle of Edgardo at the Bombay Opera in India, with soprano Celia Baptista as his Lucia.
He was also active throughout his career singing on Italian Radio (RAI), where he gave his last performance in 1973, in Mannino's IL DIAVOLO IN GIARDINO.
A stylish lyric tenor with an attractive voice, Infantino can be heard in complete recordings of LA TRAVIATA (EMI, 1946) and IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Cetra, 1950, opposite Giuseppe Taddei and Giulietta Simionato). There is also a live recording of DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, sung in Italian (Melodram, 1962).”
-Zillah Dorset Akron