Umberto Urbano       (Preiser 89542)
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Umberto Urbano       (Preiser 89542)
V0474. UMBERTO URBANO: Songs by Tosti & Brogi; Arias from Nozze, La Favorita, Lucia, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Nabucco, Don Carlos, Ballo, Otello, La Damnation de Faust, Faust, Hamlet, Le Roi de Lahore, La Gioconda, Chatterton, Germania, Tosca & Zazà. (Austria) Preiser 89542, recorded 1925. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281895422


"The highlight of the 1924 Covent Garden season were two performances of RIGOLETTO, sung in Italian - Elvira de Hidalgo, Joseph Hislop and Dinh Gilly were the guest stars. Gilly fell ill and was replaced in the last minute by Urbano whose short-notice debut became a great success. In his book TWO CENTURIES OF OPERA AT COVENT GARDEN Harold Rosenthal wrote about Urbano's ‘very beautiful voice and strong dramatic talent’. From the late Twenties on, the singer devoted himself exclusively to international guest appearances at the Grand Opéra in Paris, the Vienna State Opera (1927), the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the opera houses in Bucharest and Warsaw, on various South American stages, at the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, the Opera Houses of Frankfurt am Main and Stuttgart and many more. Countless, both artistically and financially lucrative concert tours made him a public idol, especially in Germany. Aside from his vocal qualities, which aroused great enthusiasm with the press and even evoked memories of performances in Germany of the great Mattia Battistini, his striking good looks and excellent acting greatly contributed to Urbano's incredible popularity. He seemed to have bad a special connection with Czechoslovakia where he apparently lived for a while in the Twenties: At the National Opera in Prague, and in Bratislava and Brno too, he was acclaimed every year. He was a frequent guest in Budapest as well. It was in Teremo that he appeared as Renato in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA in 1937, a performance which was praised for its acting and interpretation. Urbano's voice was among the most beautiful and phonogenic baritone voices of his day (a time when good baritones were all but scarce). The beauty of his timbre and his powerful top notes explain to a large degree his popularity and his astonishing number of records.”

- Laura Semrau

“[The glorious La Scala baritone] Umberto Urbano made a series of records remarkable for their pure lyricism and the beauty of tone….He could command the style and technique to sing the baritone arias from LA FAVORITA in the tradition of Battistini: the fioriture are fluent and even, and there is a certain appropriate regality of manner.”

- J.B. Steane, THE GRAND TRADITION, p.184