Campanari, Giuseppi

1893 AQS in Italian by the Italian cellist and opera baritone, sang Tonio in 1893 US premiere of "I Pagliacci", sang Ford in 1895 US premiere of "Falstaff", at Met 1894-1912

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(1855-1927) Venice-born operatic baritone and cello virtuoso at 9, performed initially as a 1st solo cellist at La Scala and on tour in Europe, later emigrated to the US, where he played first solo cello for the Boston Symphony. In 1888 he became one of the original members of the Adamowski String Quartet. He was subsequently professor of cello at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He resigned from both positions to devote himself to singing, becoming a major opera star with the Metropolitan Opera. He also appeared at most major European opera houses, including several seasons at Covent Garden and on concert tours with Lillian Nordica, Marcella Sembrich, Nellie Melba, and Emma Eames. He first sang Valentine in "Faust" with the Emma Juch Company when their baritone fell ill, but it was not mentioned in the papers so nothing became of it. Campanari made his official opera debut as Tonio in "Pagliacci" with Hinrichs' Opera Company in New York City in June 1893, its American premiere. His Met debut came in 1894, when he sang the role of the Count di Luna in "Il Trovatore". In 1895 he had his 1st notable success singing Ford in the US premiere of Verdi's "Falstaff", and sang the Met's 1st Marcello in "La Boheme" (1900) and their 1st Papageno in "Die Zauberflote" (1902–03), performed in Italian. He remained at the Met to 1912, giving 200+ performances there. After retirement from serious music, he briefly dabbled in vaudeville, then taught voice in New York and later in Milan. His 1st recording session was with the Columbia label in 1903. 5 x 4 ¼ AQS in Italian translated as: "He who does not sing ignores love”, Philadelphia, February 1 1893.

Condition: Very good, slight horizontal fold
Type:Autograph Quotation Signed






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