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Gaetano Pini-Corsi (Tenor) (Zara 1860 - ?)




He debuted in 1881 at the Teatro Salvini of Empoli as Ernesto in Donizetti's ‘’Don Pasquale’’. In 1886 at the Teatro Comunale in Catania he appeared as Elvino in Bellini’s ‘’La Sonnambula’’. Later he specialized in comprimario roles and was known as a Mime, David and Cassio. From 1892 to 1906 Pini-Corsi appeared frequently as a guest at La Scala. In 1899 he sang there as David in ‘’Die Meistersinger von Núrnberg’’ and also created the role of Mime in the Italian premiære of ‘’Siegfried’’. On 17. 2. 1904 he sang the role of Goro at La Scala in the premiere of Puccini’s ‘’Madame Butterfly’’, In 1907 he took part at the Teatro Comunale  in Bologna in the premiere of I. Montemezzi’s ‘’Paolo e Francesca’’. In 1912 he appeared at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Still in 1923 he performed at the Teatro Regio in Parma as Goro in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’ and sang at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Mime in ‘’Siegfried’’. He retired from the opera stage approximately in 1930. His brother Antonio, was a successful operatic baritone.

Chronology of some appearances

1886 Catania Teatro Comunale Sonnambula (Elvino)
1906 Milan La Scala Falstaff (Bardolfo)
1907 Bologna Teatro Comunale  Paolo e Francesca (Matto)
1912 Buenos Aires Teatro Colon Don Pasquale (Notaio)
1923 Palermo Teatro Massimo Sifgrido (Mime)
1923 Parma Teatro Regio Madama Butterfly (Goro)



Chatterton: Skinner! Qui, voi stesso with Francisco Granados Gramophone 054239 1463c
Pagliacci: Aitalo Signore with Francesco Cigada, Giuseppina Huguet, Antonio Paoli Gramophone 054157 1230‹c
Linda di Chamounix: Linda si ritiro…Se tanto in ira Odeon  37657, 37658, Xm1049, Xm 1057
Pagliacci: Versa Il Filtro with Francesco Cigada, Giuseppina Huguet, Antonio Paoli Gramophone 054155 1245c
La Traviata: Alfredo Alfredo with Ernesto Badini, Giuseppina Huguet Gramophone 054167
Pagliacci: Finale with Francesco Cigada, Giuseppina Huguet, Antonio Paoli, Ernesto Badini Gramophone 054158 1231c
Sigfrido: Canzone della fucina Gramophone 052273  1882c
Chatterton: John dite che ci apprestino with Giuseppe Quinzi-Tapergi, Amina Santoro, Ines De Frate Gramophone 54391 11203b
Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Guarda, Don Bartolo with Antonio Pini-Corsi, Ernesto Badini, Josephina Huguet Victor 63171 10638b-1


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