V2022. BENVENUTO FRANCI: Arias & Duets (w.Pertile, Lois, Pederzini, Masini, Landi, Fanelli, etc.) from Barbiere, Guglielmo Tell, La Favorita, Ernani, Il Trovatore, Ballo, Forza, Aïda, Otello, L'Africana & La Gioconda. (Austria) Preiser 89123, recorded 1927-30. Final copy! - 717281891233
“Benvenuto Franci studied at Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Antonio Cotogni and E. Rosato. He débuted at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome in the rôle of Giannetto, (LODOLETTA) of Pietro Mascagni in 1918 , and soon after in Rome, he sang Pharaoh in Rossini’s MOSE , and Ford in FALSTAFF. Later he sang in the première of Mascagni's IL PICCOLO MARAT , and Amonasro. His career continued successfully at the Liceu in Barcelona , the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Arena of Verona, Covent Garden (where he was Scarpia in TOSCA in 1925 with Jeritza), Rigoletto in 1931, and ANDREA CHÉNIER (in 1946 ), l’Opéra of Paris , Berlin, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (from 1926 to 1930 ), and at la Scala he sang from 1923, where he sang Phanuel in première of Boito’s NERONE. At the Costanzi in Rome took part in the première of Giordano’s LA CENA DELLE BEFFE, and sang WILLIAM TELL by Rossini, with Giacomo Lauri Volpi, the centenary performance of the work.
Franci worked steadily at Teatro dell ' Opera in Rome from 1928 to 1949 , where he was able to work with great colleagues and distinguished conductors such as Toscanini. His repertoire included Verdi and the verismo rôles, he was a great Iago in OTELLO, Count di Luna in Iltrovatore, Rigoletto , Simon Boccanegra, as was Gérard in ANDREA CHÉNIER, Scarpia in TOSCA, Jack Rance in LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, was also an excellent Figaro IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, and GUGLIELMO TELL.”
-Zillah D. Akron