Giuseppe Bellantoni & Luigi Montesanto      (Bongiovanni 1162)
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Giuseppe Bellantoni & Luigi Montesanto      (Bongiovanni 1162)
V1465. GIUSEPPE BELLANTONI:  Songs by Tosti, Denza, Graffeo, Valente & Buzzi-Peccia;  Arias from La Favorita, Saffo, Ruy Blas, Forza, Hérodiade & Die Walküre;  LUIGI MONTESANTO:  Arias from Don Giovanni, Barbiere, Ernani, Rigoletto, Otello & Andrea Chénier.  (Italy) Bongiovanni 1162.  Final Copy! - 8007068116225


“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 AÏDA. 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.”

“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.”

-Zillah Dorset Akron