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Roberto Vanni (Tenor) (Milan 1861 – ? 1941)




Probably he made his debut in 1885 at the Teatro Comunale of Ferrara as Macduff in ‘’Macbeth’’. From 1889 to 1891 he made guest appearances in Montevideo appearing in ‘’Aida’’, ‘’Africana’’, ‘’Mefistofele’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’ and ‘’Fra’ Diavolo’’.  In 1893 Vanni sang at the Teatro Doria in Buenos Aires. Here he performed in ‘’Ruy Blas’’, ‘’Faust’’, ‘’Falastaff’’ and ‘’Pagliacci’’. He sang with Henry Abbey's Italian Grand Opera Company, starring Patti and Tamagno, on tour in 1889-90. At the Metropolitan Opera for seven seasons, he made his debut as the Fisherman in ''William Tell''. November 21, 1894. In 1902-03, his last season, he appeared sixty-eight times between Roderigo in the opening-night ''Otello'', on November 24, and Vogelgesang in the ''Meistersinger'' that closed the tour on April 25 in Pittsburgh. His other roles that season were the Sergeant in ''Barbiere di Siviglia'', the Messenger in ''Aida'', Gaston in ''Traviata'', Borsa in ''Rigoletto'', a Peasant and a Herald in ''Prophete'', Alcindoro and Parpignol in ''Boheme'', De Cosse in ''Huguenots'', Remendado in ''Carmen'', Don Riccardo in ''Ernani'', a Servant in ''Ballo in maschera'', a Priest in The ''Magic Flute'', the Notary in ''Don Pasquale'', and Ruiz in ''Trovatore''. He was paid $40 per week, $880 for the season.

Chronology of some appearances

1885 Ferrara Teatro Comunale Macbeth (Macduff)
1889 Montevideo Teatro Ciblis Aida (Messaggero)
1891 Montevideo Teatro Solis Rigoletto (Duca)
1893 Buenos Aires Teatro Doria Ruy Blas (Ruy Blas)


Otello (Verdi): Esultate & Sante memorie Bettini cylinder
Non e ver (Mattei) Columbia 1231


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