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Guido Ciccolini (Tenor) (Roma 1885 - Neptune/New Jersey 1963)




He was a student of famed teacher Antonio Cotogni. He made his debut in Bologna as Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’ in 1907. In 1909 he travelled around Belgium and Holland with the opera troupe of Mme de Restier and sang in Amsterdam as Pinkerton in the Dutch premiиre of Puccini’s ‘’Madame Butterfly’’. Guest performances followed in England, Ireland and France. He was very successful in Russia, where he appeared at the Opera Theatres of St. Petersburg and Odessa as well as in Warsaw. In 1911 he undertook with an opera troupe (together with Nellie Melba) an Australia tour. He had a ticket to sail on the "RMS Titanic" (still in his family's possesion) but missed the sailing due to a opera performance scheduling change. In 1914 he sang at the Teatro Lirico in Milan in the Italian premiиre of ‘’I Quattro Rusteghi’’ of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. Since 1914 he appeared several times at the Opera Theatre of Boston, in 1915 at Havana (among other things as a Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’), in the 1918-19 season in Chicago, at the Civic Opera House. There he appeared in ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’La Traviata’’, ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’ and ‘’La Boheme’’. In 1926 he sang in the funeral of his friend, famous actor Rudolph Valentino. He retired from the stage in 1922.

Chronology of some appearances

1907 Bologna Politeama Azeglio Traviata (Alfredo)
1908 Salerno Teatro Verdi Africana (Vasco)
1909 Parigi Gaite Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1911 Sidney  Her Majestic Faust (Faust)
1918 Chicago Civic Opera House Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1919 Chicago Civic Opera House Rigoletto (Duca)
1922 New York Teatro Century Tosca (Cavaradossi)


Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero Gramophone 2-052081 Ho511al
Mama mia che vo’ sape (Nutile) Edison 83068-R 4996 B
Carme (De Curtis) Edison 83068-L 5029 B
Cavalleria rusticana: Addio alla madre Victor 55021-A 206a-1
Fedora: Amor ti vieta Gramophone 7-52046 Ho750ak
La Boheme: Che gelida manina Gramophone 2-052082 Ho513al
Lohengrin: Da voi lontan Gramophone 052434 757m
Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero Edison  82570-L 5609 A
Marechiare (Tosti) Edison 82552-L 5189 A
O sole mio (De Curtis) Edison 83074-L 5428 A
Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba Edison  82119-R 4989 A
Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell'amore with Alice Verlet, Merle Alcockand, Arthur Middleton Edison 84001-R 5629 A
Madama butterfly: Amore o grillo with Thomas Chalmers Edison 82304-R 5635 A
Madama Butterfly: Ve loi dissi…Addio fiorito asil  with Thomas Chalmers Edison 83038-R 5245 A
I Pescatori di perle: Del Tempio al Limitar with Arthur Middleton Edison 82203-R 5332 A
Elegie (Massenet) Edison  83074-R 5464 A
La Boheme:  Che gelida manina Edison 82556-R 6447 A
La Spagnola (Vincenzo di Chiara) Edison 82183-R 6452 A
L'amico Fritz: Han della porpora with Ebe Boccolini Gramophone 054388 226aj




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