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Antonio Magini-Coletti (Baritone) (Lesi, Ancona 1855 – Rome, Italy 1912)




Published details of his early life are scant but sources agree that he studied singing during the 1870s with the distinguished pedagogue Venceslao Persichini at Rome's Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia. (Persichini's other students included the lyric tenor Francesco Marconi and Magini-Coletti's fellow baritones Mattia Battistini, Giuseppe De Luca and Titta Ruffo.) In 1880, Magini-Colleti made his operatic debut at Rome's Teatro Costanzi, as Valentin in Gounod's ‘’Faust’’. He continued to perform regularly at that opera house for the next seven years, in addition to making guest appearances in Venice, Florence, Naples and other Italian cities. In 1887 he joined the roster at La Scala, Milan, remaining there for three seasons and singing a variety of leading baritone roles. Most notably, he appeared as the character Frank in the world premiere of Puccini's second opera, Edgar, in 1889. A year later, he performed his first Count Di Luna in Verdi's ‘’Il trovatore’’ at La Scala. This part became an especial favourite of his, and he reprised it in numerous houses during the remainder of his career. Between 1888 and 1891, Magini-Coletti sang to acclaim in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria and France. He also crossed the Atlantic for a series of operatic engagements in Argentina, receiving further plaudits. In 1891 he joined the stellar roster of singers at the New York Metropolitan Opera, participating to begin with in a two-month North American tour. His first performance with the Met touring company occurred on November 9, in Chicago, as Telramund in Wagner's ‘’Lohengrin’’.  His other roles on the 1891 tour included Hoлl in Meyerbeer's ‘’Dinorah’’, Count de Nevers in Meyerbeer's ‘’Les Huguenots’’ and Amonasro in Verdi's ‘’Aida’’ (opposite soprano Lilli Lehmann and tenor Jean de Reszke), not to mention the title part in Mozart's ‘’Don Giovanni’’. On December 14, 1891, Magini-Coletti made a successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera's headquarters in New York City, singing Capulet in Gounod's ‘’Romeo et Juliette’’. He performed numerous roles at that house over the next 12 months, including Count Di Luna, Alfio in Mascagni's ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’, Don Pizarro in Beethoven's ‘’Fidelio’’, Escamillo in Bizet's ‘’Carmen’’ and Figaro in Rossini's ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’, among others. Magini-Coletti left America in 1892. He proceeded to pursue a busy schedule of operatic performances in Italy and other European countries, venturing as far afield as Russia and becoming a frequent guest artist at both the Opera de Monte-Carlo in Monaco and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in London. In 1900, he rejoined the La Scala company, performing numerous roles there for three seasons. Most notably, he appeared in the premiere of Mascagni's ‘’Le maschere’’ in 1901. Also in 1901, he sang at La Scala in a memorial concert held to mark the recent death of Verdi, partnering the heroic tenor Francesco Tamagno in a scene from ‘’La forza del destino’’. The following year, he participated in La Scala's first ever production of Weber's ‘’Euryanthe’’. Magini-Colleti sang often under the baton of Arturo Toscanini, La Scala's principal conductor, during this period. Toscanini was an ardent advocate of Wagner's music and he conducted Magini-Coletti in performances of ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’, ‘’Die Walkure’’ and ‘’Lohengrin’’. These landmark Wagnerian productions often featured Magini-Coletti's La Scala colleague Giuseppe Borgatti - Italy's best heldentenor.

Chronology of some appearances

1885 Sassari  Politeama Barbiere di Siviglia  (Figaro)
1887 Montevideo Teatro Ciblis Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1890 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1890 Cento Teatro Comunale Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1891 Faenza Teatro Comunale Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1891 San Pietroburgo Teatro Panaieff Cavalleria rusticana (Alfio)
1891 Mosca Teatro Korsch Cavalleria rusticana (Alfio)
1892 Pesaro Teatro Rossini Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1893 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Carmen (Escamilio)
1896 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Un ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1896 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1896 Santiago del Cile Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1903 Milano Teatro La Scala Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1904 Roma Teatro Costanzi Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1905 Milano Teatro Lirico Carmen (Escamilio)
1906 Mexico Teatro Arbeu Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1906 Venezia Teatro Rossini Ballo in maschera
1907 Venezia  Teatro La Fenice Carmen (Escamilio)



Aida: Gran Concertato Finale Atto II with Icilio Calleja, Armida Parsi-Pettinella, Lina Pasini-Vitale, Ferruccio Corradetti, Oreste Luppi Fonotipia 69022 XXXPh 4036
Gli Ugonotti: Settimino with Leon Escalais, Giuseppe Sala, Oreste Luppi, Ferruccio Corradetti, Angelo Algos, Giovanni Masotti Fonotipia 39370 XPh 473
Guglielmo Tell: Troncar suoi di with Oreste Luppi, Leon Escalais Fonotipia 39196 XPh 433
La Boheme: Entrata di Schaunard...Quadro quarto with Gino Martinez-Patti,  Bonini Francesco  Maria Bonini, Oreste Luppi Fonotipia 39728 XPh 1980-2
I Pescatori di Perle: Del tempio al limitar  with Alessandro Bonci Fonotipia 29340 XPh 436
Aida: Rivedrai le foreste...Su, dunque! with Giannina Russ Fonotipia 74002/3 XXPh 455/56
Rigoletto: Veglia, o donna, questo fiore with Giannina Russ Fonotipia 39399 XPh 475
Rigoletto: Figlia!...Mio padre! with Giannina Russ Fonotipia 39398 XPh 474
Don Giovanni:  La ci darem with Elvira De Hidalgo Fonotipia 92356 XPh3563
La Gioconda Figlia che reggi with Giannina Russ and Armida Parsi-Pettinella Fonotipia 74004 XXPh462
Il Trovatore: Mira, d'acerbe... Vivrа, contende il giubilo with Eugenia Burzio Fonotipia 39439/40 XPh 1534/35
Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell’amore with Giannina Lucacewska, Regina Pinkert, Alessandro Bonci Fonotipia 69019 XXXPh 439
Falstaff:  Alfin, t'ho colto... ...Quand'ero paggio with Elisa Petri Fonotipia 39430 XPh 1533
Crispino e la Comare: Di Pandolfini medico...Puoi tornare al with Oreste Luppi, Ferruccio Corradetti Fonotipia 39396 XPh 481
Rigoletto: Signor! Va, non ho niente with Oreste Luppi Fonotipia 39415 Xph 1519
Carmen: Votre toast  Fonotipia 39374 xph 414
Dinorah: Sei vendicata assai Fonotipia 39335 XPh 407
La Danza  (Rossini) Fonotipia 39351 XPh 443
La Favorita: A tanto amor, Leonora Fonotipia 92217 XPh 3081
La Forza del Destino: Urna fatale del mio destino Fonotipia 92620 XPh 4230
La Traviata: Di Provenza il mar Fonotipia 92000 XPh 2668
Lucia di Lammermoor: Cruda, funesta smania Fonotipia 92031 XPh 2503
Lucrezia Borgia: Vieni la mia vendetta Fonotipia 39369 XPh 406
Non m'ama piu (Tosti) Fonotipia 39375 XPh 2663
Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel Fonotipia 92216 XPh 3080
La dannatione di Faust:  Su queste rose Fonotipia 92046XPh 2663
Faust: Dio possente, Dio d'amor Fonotipia 92466 XPh 3423
Faust: Tu puoi la spada frangere Fonotipia 92465 XPh 3421
Il Guarany: Senza tetto, senza cuna Fonotipia 39387 XPh 488
La dannatione di Faust: C'era una volta Fonotipia 92047 XPh 3095
Lakme: Lakme, quel ciglio a me si vela Fonotipia 39377 XPh 470
Musica proibita (Gastaldon) Fonotipia 39389 XPh 471
Rigoletto: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! Fonotipia 39441 XPh 1527
Rigoletto: Pari siamo Fonotipia 39434 XPh 1520
La Dannatione di Faust : Canzone della pulce Zonophone X-1897
La Gioconda: Barcarola Zonophone X-1539
Rigoletto: Pari siamo Zonophone X-1509
Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Dunnque io son with Regina Pinkert Fonotipia 39345 XPh421



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