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Giuseppe Russitano (Tenor) (Palermo 1865 -?)




He made his debut in Alessandria in Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’. Probably it happened in 1887. In 1889 he appeared at the Politeama Pacini in Catania as Don Jose in ‘’Carmen’’ sharing the role of Don Jose with Dante Del Papa. In 1890 he sang the role of Fernando in ‘’La Favorita’’ at the Teatro Brunetti in Bologna. Up to 1894 he sang in smaller Italian opera houses. His American debut, that was unsuccesful, occurred in 1894 at the Philadelphia Opera House. He appeared as Don Jose in ‘’Carmen’’ togheter with Mario Ancona and Zelie de Lussan. In that year he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’ with Victor Maurel and Nellie Melba. Russitano performed in this opera house until 1896 appearing in different operas and at the MET concerts (‘’Il Trovatore’’, ‘’La Traviata’’, ‘’Aida’’, ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, ‘’Faust’’, ‘’La Navaraisse’’, ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’ etc.). As a member of the MET he guested in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Detroit. The next year, he arrived in Moscow and performed with Mattia Battistini and Regina Pacini in ‘’Rigoletto’’. Here he also sang with Mattia Battistini in ‘’Andrea Chenier’’. In 1899 Russitano was in Poland where at the Imperial Theatre of Warsaw he performed in Verdi’s ‘’Otello’’ togheter with Giovanni Lunardi and Nina Rosini. As a partner of Salomea Kruszelnicka and Mattia Battistini he sang in ‘’Un Ballo in Maschera’’. In the 1906-1907 season Russitano made guest appearance at Lisbon. Probably he continued to sing publicly until 1910 and after his retirement taught singing in Italy. Baritone Pedro Terol was among his pupils. He made only one published record – Esultate from Otello for G&T.

Chronology of some appearances

1889 Catania Politeama Pacini Carmen (Don Jose)
1890 Bologna Teatro Brunetti Favorita (Fernando)
1894 Philadelphia Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1894 Metropolitan Opera House Rigoletto (Duke)
1899 Warsaw Imperial Theatre Otello (Otello)


Otello: Esultate G&T 52282 5516a Milan 1902

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