OP1982. PAGLIACCI (First complete recording, 1907, supervised by Leoncavallo), w.Sabajno Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Antonio Paoli, Giuseppina Huguet, Francesco Cigada, Ernesto Badini, Gaetano Pini-Corsi, etc. (Italy) Bongiovanni 1120. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 8007068112029
Ernesto BADINI sang mainly in Italy and South America and specialized, particularly later in his career, in buffo roles. He made many recordings and appeared in several complete operas other than PAGLIACCI including LA BOHEME, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, and an electric recording of DON PASQUALE. He was the first Gianni Schicchi at both La Scala and Covent Garden.
Francesco CIGADA sang a very wide range of leading baritone roles from Wagner to Montemezzi, Puccini, and Rossini. He never appeared in the USA and recorded only for HMV in Milan (1905-1908). He gave up his career in 1924 after the death of his only child and retired to his hometown of Bergamo.
Giuseppina HUGUET was born in Barcelona and made her début there in 1889. She sang in London, Paris, Milan, and Russia. She appeared at the New York Academy of Music for one season in 1898. She retired in 1912 and taught in Barcelona. She made recordings for G & T in 1903 and for HMV in 1908.
Antonio PAOLI was born in Puerto Rico, studied in Spain, and made his operatic début in Bari in 1895. In 1902-1903 he belonged to an opera troupe assembled by Mascagni that toured the USA and Canada. He frequently toured South America and in 1920 spent a season in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. He eventually returned to Puerto Rico to teach. His only recordings were for HMV in Milan.
Gaetano PINI-CORSI, brother of the baritone, Antonio Pini-Corsi, sang for twenty seasons at the opera house in Catania and between 1892 and 1906 was regularly heard at La Scala. He sang many character parts including Mime in SIEGFRIED and Goro in the world premiere of MADAME BUTTERFLY. He was still singing in 1932 but nothing could be discovered of his life beyond that. His recordings were for HMV in Milan.
- Zillah Akron Dorset