V1213. DANIELE BARIONI: Songs by Falvo, Cannio, de Curtis, Denza, Cioa, Cardillo, Mario, di Capua & Bellini, Arias from La Gioconda, I Lombardi, Ballo, Ernani, Cavalleria, Adriana Lecouvreur, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Andrea Chénier, Turandot & La Fanciulla del West. (Italy) Bongiovanni 1200, recorded 1957-2005, partially Live Performances. Final copy! - 8007068120024
“Daniele Barioni, indeed one of the - if not ‘the most beautiful tenor voice of our days’, as Mario del Monaco stated in 1959, had a characteristic career for a singer who seems to sing more with the heart than with the head. Sure, singing can get boring when the head is too much involved, but it is exactly this aspect that can possibly decide over the lenght of a singer’s career. If the voice is, as Melchior once said, carefully administrated like ‘money on a bank’, a long career can be a probable consequence (provided the singer has capital…). Daniele Barioni possessed a fortune which he lavished in a handful of performances he gave during a period of c.15 years. But the preserved recordings document performances of a rare and great intensity - singing straight from the heart, exciting out-and-out, a singer who is taken up completely with his roles, a warm and virile voice with stunning acuti - ruthless against the own instrument. Barioni therefore sang few, but very intense performances. As a famous Italian statesman once said: ‘Rather one day like a lion than a hundred years like a sheep’. The voice flows on the air, sounds light and heavy at the same time and possesses a beautiful chiaroscuro. His execution is completed by a very impassioned and musical phrasing.”
- Daniele Godor
“Daniele Barioni is an Italian opera singer who had a prolific career during the 1950s through the 1970s. Early on in his career he rose to fame as a leading tenor at the Metropolitan Opera between 1956 and 1962. Afterwards he worked primarily in opera houses and concerts throughout the United States, although he did make numerous appearances in both Europe and South America as well. Barioni was particularly associated with the operas of Giacomo Puccini and the roles of Turiddu in Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Alfredo in Verdi's LA TRAVIATA.
Barioni began his singing studies in 1949 in Milan with Attilio Bordonali, initially studying the baritone repertoire. He made his professional singing début that same year at the Circolo Italia, Milan, in a concert with the Chilean soprano Claudia Parada. Not too long after, his teacher became convinced he was actually a tenor and began training Barioni in the tenor repertoire for the next five years. His operatic début was in 1954 as Turiddu in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA at the Teatro Nuovo, Milan.
In 1956 Barioni came to the United States to join the roster at the Metropolitan Opera where he sang for seven seasons for a total of 54 performances. During his tenure at the Met, Barioni sang opposite some of the world's finest sopranos including Lucine Amara, Maria Callas, Mary Curtis Verna, Victoria de los Ángeles, Dorothy Kirsten, Zinka Milanov, Leonie Rysanek, Giulietta Simionato, Antonietta Stella, and Renata Tebaldi, among others. He made his début with the company on 20 February 1956 as Mario Cavaradossi in TOSCA with Delia Rigal in the title role and George London as Scarpia. Just two days later he sang his first Rodolfo in Puccini's LA BOHÈME opposite Licia Albanese, his most frequent leading lady at the Met, as Mimì. His last performance at the Met was on 27 November, 1962 as the Italian Singer in Richard Strauss' DER ROSENKAVALIER.
Though for many years his career was mostly developed in the United States, he sang in Italy in different cities and theaters, and also in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, Portugal, France, Germany and Ireland. In 1958 he appeared in an Italian film, CAROSELLO DI CANZONI. Though he was a favorite in Rome where he sang for many years at the Opera and Caracalla, he sang at the famous La Scala only in 1966, as Pinkerton and Turiddu. Though his repertory was basically that of a spinto tenor and he was always asked to repeat his well-known roles in TOSCA, LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST or CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, he also obtained acclaim in NABUCCO, MACBETH, FEDORA, ANDREA CHÉNIER, TURANDOT and LA GIOCONDA.
Barioni married in 1957 the Italian-American pianist Vera Franceschi. In 1958 their son Giulio Barioni was born. She died prematurely of leukemia in 1966. Her death also meant the decline of Barioni's career as a singer. From 1975 to 1980 he appeared in opera and concerts, but not so often as in previous years. His last appearance was in a concert with Renata Tebaldi at the Teatro Comunale, in Ferrara, in 1981, to receive the Premio Frescobaldi 1980.
He made some recordings for the Metropolitan Opera Club, available by subscription on a limited basis only.”
- Ned Ludd