V2567. GIUSEPPE ANSELMI: Arias from Il Duca d'Alba, Werther, Iris, Fedora, Marcella, Barbiere, L'Elisir, Roméo, Mignon, La Favorita, Lucia, L'Africaine, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Tosca, Rigoletto, Pagliacci, Mefistofele & La Gioconda. (France) Malibran 160, recorded 1907-13, Fonotipia & Edison.
"In 1900, Anselmi made his debut in Genoa, singing Rodolfo, the Duke and Edgardo (to Fanny Toresella's Lucia). That same year he appeared at the San Carlo in Naples, where he sang with Angelica Pandolfini and Rina Giachetti (the sister of Caruso's mistress) in LE MASCHERE, a new work by Mascagni. Anselmi made his London debut at Covent Garden (1901) as the Duke in Rigoletto (with Suzanne Adams as Gilda). He returned to London on several occasions, but was especially admired in St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Milan (La Scala), Warsaw and Madrid in a variety of roles that included Cavaradossi, Loris in FEDORA, Maurizio in ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, Osaka in IRIS, Lensky, Edgardo, Nadir in PESCATORI DI PERLE and many others. He sang Almaviva to Adelina Patti's Rosina in her last ever operatic appearance he possessed [a] lovely voice and was very musically intelligent. The records speak for themselves so far as Anselmi's vocal powers and musical intelligence are concerned. After listening to only a few, one senses that his sole concern in their making was the artistic presentation of the music he sang, as opposed to the glorification of his own voice. There are trills delivered with a coloratura skill that must have been the envy of many a soprano, and high Cs enough to satisfy the multitudes who base their evaluation of a tenor's talents on this one magical note. Anselmi proves why he is so highly regarded to this day by collectors of fine historical recordings."
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile