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. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 8007068116225
"The baritone Giuseppe Bellantoni voice is warm and sonorous. Like Battistini, his higher notes are almost tenor-like and, like the older man, has a winning way with songs....Bellantoni deserves greater exposure."
- Michael E. Henstock, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2015
"Giuseppe Bellantoni began his education in Messina, then became a pupil of the famous Antonio Cotogni in Rome. His stage debut 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 GOTTERDAMMERUNG. 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 AIDA. 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 Colon in Buenos Aires in 1908. He finished his stage career approximately in 1930."
- Hans Lick
"Montesanto’s recordings come from 1921 (Pathé), 1928 (Columbia) and 1933 (HMV). He was Italian and appeared mainly in European houses, Buenos Aires, and Chicago. In his only season at the Met he created the role of Michele in IL TABARRO (première 1918). His repertoire was similar to Morelli’s but with a generous dash of Wagner and Richard Strauss.”
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2011