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Nicola Zerola (Tenor) (Naples 1876 – New York 1936)




He was an Italian operatic tenor who had an active international career from 1898-1928. He began his career in his native country, but was soon heard in concerts and operas internationally during the first years of the 20th century. In 1908 he relocated to the United States where he was active with important opera companies in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia up into the late 1920s. Born in Naples, Zerola began his career as a baritone and made his professional opera debut in 1898 at the Teatro Rossetti in Trieste as Tonio in in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. This was soon followed by performances at the Teatro Comunale Florence and at other opera houses in the Italian provinces. He made his debut as a tenor in 1903 in the role of Canio in Pagliacci. He soon after undertook performances in Belgium, Egypt, France, Spain, Holland, and South America. In November 1908 he had a great success at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Radames to the Aida of Lucia Crestani. In 1907 Zerola traveled with a small touring company to the United States where he was lauded by critics and audiences. This led to his appointment to New York City's Manhattan Opera Company by Oscar Hammerstein I in 1908. He made his debut with the company in January 1909 at the Manhattan Opera House under conductor Giuseppe Sturani as Radames to the Aida of Mariette Mazarin and Amneris of Marguerite d'Alvarez. He remained there until the company went bankrupt in 1910; singing such roles as Manrico in Verdi's Il trovatore and the title role in Verdi's Otello. He also sang with Hammerstein's Philadelphia Opera Company in 1909-1910. He made his debut with that company as Canio in Pagliacci with Emma Trentini as Nedda at the Philadelphia Opera House on November 25, 1909. On 21 November 1910 Zerola sang Radames again for his debut with the Chicago Grand Opera Company with Jeanne Korolowicz as Aida. He actively performed with the company through May 1911 in performances in both Chicago and Philadelphia. His other roles with that company included Raoul de Nangis in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, Manrico, and Otello. In January 1911 he opened the Baltimore Opera Company's new season as Radames. In 1911-1912 he was committed to the Royal Opera House in London where he performed the roles of Riccardo in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, Canio, Manrico, Otello, Radames, and Raoul de Nangis. In 1920-1921 Zerola was heard at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City as Canio. and at the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company as Otello. He was also active with the Philadelphia La Scala Opera Company in the 1920s. In 1928 he sang the role of Prinzivalle in the New York premiere of Henry Fзvrier's Monna Vanna. He died in New York City in 1936.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Trapani Teatro Garibaldi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1901 Forlм Teatro Comunale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1902 La Valletta/Malta Teatro Reale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1902 La Valletta/Malta Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1904 Empoli Arena Borsellini Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1905 Liegi Opera Ernani (Ernani)
1905 Barcellona Teatro Novedades Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1905 Amsterdam Paleis Voor Volksvlijt Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1905 Amsterdam Paleis Voor Volksvlijt Ernani (Ernani)
1906 Cremona Politeama Verdi Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1908 Havana Teatro Tacon Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1911 Chicago Civic Opera House Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1912 Budapest  Volgsopera Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1919 Salerno Teatro Verdi Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)



Pagliacci: Un tal gioco Victor 45217
Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba Victor  64169
Aida: La fatal pietra...Morir, si pura e bella Victor 74225
Andrea Chenier: Un di all'azzurro Victor 88243
Ballo in maschera: Di tu se fedele Victor 87036
Ballo in maschera: La rivedrа nell'estasi Victor 87037
L'alba nascente (Parelli) Victor 64207
Otello: Niun mi tema Victor 74217
Otello: Ora e per sempre addio Victor 74216
Pagliacci: No, Pagliaccio non son Victor 74247
Samson et Dalila: Figli miei v'arrestate Victor 64173
Trovatore: Deserto sulla terra Victor 64168
Trovatore: Di quella pira Victor 64170
Trovatore: Perigliarti ancor languente with Carolina Pietracewska Gramophone 54410




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