V2533. GIOVANNI MANURITA: Arias & Duets (w.dalla Rizza, Sassone-Soster, Lanza, Lussardi & Bardone) from Don Giovanni, Barbiere, Don Pasquale, L'Elisir, La Sonnambula, Werther, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Mignon, Martha, Rigoletto, La Traviata, La Boheme, Pagliacci & L'Amico Fritz. (France) Malibran AMR 144, recorded 1927-28.
“Manurita’s greatest successes began when he made his début in 1922 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome as Ernesto in DON PASQUALE. In 1924 he sang at the Teatro Dal Verme, Milan in the premiere of Carlo Jachino’s opera GIOCONDO ED IL SUO RE OF CARLO. He subsequently appeared in opera houses throughout Italy for the next 25 years. He made guest appearances in Warsaw, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. His best roles where Almaviva, Ernesto, Nemorino, Duke, Rodolfo and Don Ottavio. About 1945 Manurita, a lovely tenore di grazia, decided to change his repertoire, after successfully devoting himself to bel canto singing for several years; he undertook an unparalleled change to the dramatic repertoire, in which he enthralled his audiences with a variety of roles (Don José, Manrico, Maurizio, Loris, Canio etc.). He also appeared in several movies. After his retirement (1950) he taught singing at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He is most prominently remembered by collectors as vocal partner with Conchita Supervia and Gilda dalla Rizza. His daughter, Maria di Giovanni, had a successful career as soprano.”
- Ned Ludd