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Dino Borgioli (Tenor) (Florence 1891 - Florence 1960)




He was an Italian lyric tenor. Praised by critics for his musicianship, he was particularly associated with roles in operas composed by Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti.
Dino Borgioli studied with Eugenio Giachetti in Florence, and made his operatic debut in 1914, as Arturo in I puritani, at the Teatro Corso in Milan. He then sang the role of Fernand in La favorite at the Teatro Dal Verme, before making his La Scala debut in 1918 as Ernesto in Don Pasquale.
In 1924, he was the lead tenor in the Melba - Williamson Grand Opera tour of Australia, opening the Sydney season opposite Melba in La boheme.
On the international scene, Borgioli debuted at the Royal Opera House in London, as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, opposite Toti Dal Monte in 1925 - and at the Glyndebourne Festival where he sang as Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and as Ernesto. He also appeared in Paris, at both the Opera-Comique and the Palais Garnier, as Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Ottavio, Edgardo and des Grieux in Manon.
The role of Cavaradossi in Tosca was his debut role for both the San Francisco Opera in 1932, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1933. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on December 31, 1934, as Rodolfo in La bohæme. Borgioli appeared there for one season only: his other roles were Ottavio and des Grieux (Massenet).
Borgioli made a number of gramophone records which confirm the attractiveness of his lyric voice and the elegance of his phrasing. These qualities can be discerned in two famous complete recordings of Il barbiere di Siviglia and Rigoletto which he made in 1928, opposite the baritone Riccardo Stracciari. Nonetheless, he was still overshadowed in the theatre and on disc by another stylish tenore di grazia of his era in Tito Schipa.
In 1949, Borgioli became director of vocal studies at the New Opera Company of London, where he directed stage productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia and La boheme. He died in Florence, aged 69.

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Palermo Teatro Massimo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1919 Barcelona Teatro Liceo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1919 Madrid Teatro Reale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1920 Madrid  Teatro Reale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1920 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1921 Buenos Aires Teatro Colon Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1922 Montecarlo  Palais Garnier Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1922 San Sebastian Teatro Victoria Eugenia Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1922 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1923 Milano Teatro La Scala Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1923 Zurigo  Staatsoper Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1924 Milano Teatro La Scala Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1924 Sidney His Majesty's Theater Boheme (Rodolfo)
1924 Melbourne Her Majesty's Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1926 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1926 San Paolo Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1926 Il Cairo Kursaal Dalbagni Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1927 Mantova  Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1927 Santiago del Cile Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1927 Milano Teatro La Scala Boheme (Rodolfo)
1928 Lisbon Coliseo Recrejos Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1928 Montecarlo Teatro del Casinð Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1929 Roma Teatro dell'Opera Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1930 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1930 Milano Teatro La Scala Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1931 Milano Teatro La Scala Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1931 Livorno Politeama Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1933 San Francisco Civic Auditorium Boheme (Rodolfo)
1940 Buenos Aires Teatro Colon Boheme (Rodolfo)


L’Amico Fritz: Suzel buon di...Tutto tace with Rosetta Pampanini Columbia GQX10282 WBX830, GQX10282 WBX831
Pescatori di perle  Del tempio al limitar with Benvenuto Franci Columbia D5127 B249
Lucia di Lammermoor: Chi mi frena with Gino Vanelli, Maria Gentile, Salvatore Baccaloni, Giuseppe Nessi and Ida Mannarini Columbia D 18016 bx 104
Il Barbiere di Siviglia: All'idea di quel metallo...Numero quindici with Gino Vanelli  Columbia   D12578, D12578, B1816, B1817
I Pescatori di perle: Dal tempio al limitar with Gino Vanelli Columbia GQX10250 BX247
La Boheme: Nei cieli bigi with Gino Vanelli Columbia D7024 B1806
La Boheme: O Mimi tu piu non torni with Gino Vanelli Columbia  1859-D D1797
Rigoletto: E’ il sol dell’anima with Maria Gentile Columbia D18055 BX99
La Sonnambula: D’un pensiero with Gina Pedroni, Ida Mannarini, Maria Gentile Columbia  M 7129 WBX 105
Don Pasquale: Tornami a dir with Aurora Rettore Columbia D 12579 b 1823
La Traviata:  Parigi, o cara with Ena Surinach Columbia  D5105 B269
La Traviata:  Un di, felice with Ena Surinach Columbia D5105 B268
La Sonnambula: Prendi, l’anel ti dono with Ena Surinach Columbia D5037    
Don Pasquale: Tornami a dir che m’ami with Ena Surinach Columbia D5036  B26
La Sonnambula: D'un pensiero with Ena Surinach Columbia D 5035 b 27 
I Puritani: Vieni fra queste braccia with Ena Surinach Columbia D 5036 b 20
La Sonnambula: Son geloso with Ena Surinach Columbia  D 5035 B19
Faust: Tardi si fa! addio with Maria Zamboni Columbia L 2077 WBX 92/93
Lohengrin: Merce, merce Columbia 2424-D  B1839
Do not go my love (Hageman) Columbia LB24  15115-2
Il Barbiere di Siviglia:  Ecco ridente  Columbia D4964 70662
Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Se il mio nome Columbia D4964 70663
L'amico Fritz: O amore, o bella luce Columbia B3385 2424-D          
Don Pasquale: Sogno soave e casto Columbia D12579 WB1828  
Don Pasquale: Come gentil Columbia D4963 70665-2          
La Favorita:  Spirto gentil Columbia  D16379 74847         
La Traviata: Lunge da lei...De'miei bollenti spiriti  Columbia  D1503  B274       
Faust:  Salve dimora  Columbia D5037 B18
Carmen:  Il fior che avevi a me Columbia 2017-M  B235
I Pescatori di Perle: Mi par d'udir ancora Columbia D4963  70668
I Pescatori di Perle: Della mia vita Columbia D12580 B1830
La Barcarola della Marangona Columbia LB29 15106-1     
Orontea (Cesti): Intorno all'idol mio Private record
L'Elisir d'Amore:  Una furtiva lagrima Columbia BX 97 L2054
Mignon: Addio Mignon Columbia D5034 B17
Mignon: Ah! non credevi tu Columbia D5034 B14
Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo Columbia D5107 B247
I Puritani: A te, o cara Columbia D9411
La Boheme: Che gelida manina Columbia D9411
Fedora: Amor ti vieta Columbia D9432 B16
Caro mio ben (Giordani) Columbia D12477 B806
Gondoliera Veneziana Columbia LB29
Princessita (Padilla) Columbia GQ7144 B3404




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