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Carlo Dani (Tenor) (Firenze 1873 - ?)




He made his debut in 1894 at the Teatro Pagliano as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’. In 1898 he again appeared in ''Rigoletto'' and ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, but this time at the Teatro Alfieri in Livorno, where he performed together with Titta Ruffo. Then, at the Teatro Politeama in Pisa, he sang the role of Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’. Dani made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, on December 5, 1902, opposite Marcella Sembrich as Gilda, Louise Homer as Maddalena, Antonio Scotti in the title role, and Marcel Journet as Sparafucile. His contract required him to be available for a four-month season. He received $4,104, having sung fourteen times in opera, five Sunday-night concerts, and two outside engagements (which were controlled by his Met contract). In addition to the Duke, his roles were Alfredo, Canio, Rodolfo, and Ernesto in ‘’Don Pasquale’’. Dani sang at the Met only during 1902-03. The next season, his roles, except Ernesto, were assumed by Enrico Caruso. In 1904 he appeared at the  Teatro San Joao in Oporto in Wagner’s ‘’Lohengrin’’, later he made guest appearances in Buenos Ayres (1906), Rosario di Santa Fи (1906), Nice (1906), Philadelphia (1908), Odessa (1909) and Prague (1910). In 1913 he appeared in his native Firenze, Teatro Della Pergola as De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’. In 1922 he sang in concert at the Metropolitan Opera. Maybe later he went to Australia and worked there as a vocal pedagogue.

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Firenze Teatro Pagliano Rigoletto (Duca)
1898 Firenze Politeama Fiorentino Sonnambula (Elvino)
1899 Pistoia Teatro Manzoni Elisir d'amore (Nemorino)
1900 Pistoia Teatro Manzoni Amico Fritz (Fritz)
1901 Milano Teatro Lirico Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1902 Philadelphia Teatro Metropolitan Traviata (Alfredo)
1903 New York Teatro Metropolitan Pagliacci (Canio)
1904 Oporto Teatro San Joao Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1905 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Thais (Nicia)
1906 Cagliari Teatro Civico Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1907 Nice Teatro del Casinт Rigoletto (Duca)
1908 Washington Teatro Belasco Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1909 Nice Teatro del Casino Rigoletto (Duca)
1910 Livorno Teatro Rossini Manon (De Grieux)
1911 Napoli Politeama Giacosa Rigoletto (Duca)
1912 Salerno Teatro Verdi Manon (De Grieux)
1913 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Rigoletto (Duca)
1922 New York Teatro Metropolitan Concerto



Rigoletto: Giovanna ho dei rimorsi...E' il sol dell'anima with Aida Gonzaga Fonotipia 62020, 62021, XPh2284, XPh2285
Faust: Salve dimora Fonotipia 74030 XXPh2309
Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo estremo Fonotipia 39961 Xph2329
La Favorita: Spirto gentil Fonotipia 39969 Xph2300
L’Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima Fonotipia 39963 Xph2299
I Pescatori di Perle: Mi par d'udir ancora Fonotipia 39964 Xph2347
Manon: Il sogno Fonotipia  39967 Xph2311
Tosca: Recondita armonia Fonotipia  39960 Xph2335
Gli Ugonotti: Ah! qual soave vision…Bianca al par Fonotipia 92981 XPh4887
La Sonnambula: Prendi l'anel ti dono Fonotipia 92979  XPh4883
Rigoletto: Questa o quella Fonotipia 39958 XPh2290
Rigoletto: La donna e mobile Fonotipia 39957 XPh2291
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai Fonotipia 39959 XPh2338
Lucia di Lammermoor: Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali Fonotipia 39972 XPh2337
Don Pasquale: Com'e gentil Fonotipia 39966 XPh2321
Don Pasquale: Cerchero lontana terra Fonotipia 39965 XPh2320




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