Italo Campanini

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Italo Campanini

Italo Campanini (born June 30, 1845 in Parma , † October 14, 1896 ) was an Italian opera singer ( tenor ).


Campanini was a student of Francesco Lamperti . He made his debut at the Teatro Regio in his hometown in 1864 as Oloferno Vitellozzo in Gaetano Donizetti's opera Lucrezia Borgia . From 1864 to 1867 he had an engagement at the Odessa Opera House. In the 1870–71 season he sang the title role in Charles Gounod's Faust at La Scala in Milan , Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni den Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia , and in 1871 at the Teatro Communale of Bologna the title role in the Italian premiere of Richard Wagner's Lohengrin .

In 1872 Campanini made his debut at the Drury Lane Theater , where he appeared regularly until 1881. He has also made guest appearances in Madrid, Lisbon, at the Vienna Court Opera , in Barcelona, ​​Saint Petersburg and Moscow. In Bologna in 1875 he sang Faust in Arrigo Boitos Mefistofele , and gave the same role in the English premiere of the opera at Her Majesty's Theater in 1880 .

In 1873 Campanini first appeared at the New York Academy of Music . Here he sang the Radames in the American premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida (1873), the Raoul in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Die Huguenots (1874) and, as partner of Minnie Hauk, the José in the premiere of Georges Bizet's Carmen . In 1883 he appeared with Christine Nilsson , Giuseppe del Puente , Sofia Scalchi and Franco Novara in the title role of Gounod's Faust at the opening of the Metropolitan Opera , where he had an engagement from 1891 to 1894. In 1888 he hosted the American premiere of Verdi's Otello at the Academy of Music with his brother Cleofonte Campanini as conductor.

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