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Juanita Caracciolo (Soprano) (Ravenna 1888 – Milan 1924)




She received her education at the Milan Conservatory with Clelia Sangiorgi. She debuted in 1908 at Teatro Politeama, Genoa as Nedda in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and sang there also in ‘’Le Maschere’’ of Mascagni. In 1911 she married the conductor Giacomo Armani. After she had appeared during twelve years in Italian provincial theaters, she had in 1920 a sensational success when she sang in Puccini’s ‘’Manon Lescaut’’ at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome. The same year she had there another success in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’ as Cio-Cio San, than as Margherita in ‘’Mefistofele’’ of Boito and in the premiere of the opera ‘’La via delle finestre’’ of R. Zandonai. In 1919 she guested at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, in 1920 at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna (as Manon Lescaut of Puccini) and at the Teatro Verdi, Pisa (here in the title role of Catalani’s ‘’La Wally’’). In 1920 she appeared at the Teatro Colñn, Buenos Aires and at the Opera House of Rio de Janeiro as Butterfly and as Octavian in ‘’Rosenkavalier’’, then also at the Teatro Real, Madrid. In 1922 she came to the Milan, La Scala; here she debuted as Eva in ‘’Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg’’ of Wagner. She sang at La Scala also as Manon in Puccini’s ‘’Manon Lescaut’’, and as Louise in the opera of the same name of Charpentier. In autumn, 1923 she fallen ill after the birth of a child and died next year at the age of 36 years.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Pisa Teatro Verdi Adriana Lecouvreur (Adriana)
1909 Sanremo Teatro del Casinð Boheme (Mimi)
1909 Venezia Teatro Rossini Boheme (Mimi)
1909  Mantova Teatro Sociale Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)
1909 Alessandria Teatro Municipale Lohengrin (Elsa)
1909 Macerata Teatro della Societa Filarmonica Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)
1910 Modena Teatro Municipale Boheme (Mimi)
1910 Torino Politeama Chiarella Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)
1911 Il Cairo Teatro Kedivhiale Lohengrin (Elsa)
1915 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Boheme (Mimi)
1915 Montevideo Teatro Urquiza Boheme (Mimi)
1915 Santiago del Cile Teatro Municipal Boheme (Mimi)
1915 Valparaiso Teatro Victoria Boheme (Mimi)
1916 Santiago del Cile Teatro Municipal Boheme (Mimi)
1916 Lima Teatro Nacional Boheme (Mimi)
1916 Antofagasta Teatro Principal Boheme (Mimi)
1917 Zurigo Opernhaus Boheme (Mimi)
1917 Brescia Teatro Sociale Boheme (Mimi)
1918 Livorno Politeama Boheme (Mimi)
1919 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Boheme (Mimi)
1919 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Boheme (Mimi)
1921 Montecarlo Grand Theatre Boheme (Mimi)
1922 Palma di Majorca Teatro Principal Boheme (Mimi)



La Boheme: Si, mi chiamano Mimi Columbia Cigale D9419 70799
La Boheme: Donde lieta usci Columbia Cigale 70810
Lodoletta: Flammen perdonami Gramophone S3376 2-0253026
Lodoletta: Bimbi del mio villaggio Gramophone S3376 2-0253027
Mefistofele: Calma il tuo cuor with Aureliano Pertile Pathe 12595 86919
Madama Butterfly: Via dall'anima with Aureliano Pertile Pathe 12595 86920




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