Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini

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Lenghi-Cellini used to be a mystery tenor for a very long time. Due to some of his discography, he was sometimes thought to be English. Though his English is not very idiomatic indeed... but admittedly, his Italian is sometimes strange, too. Nonetheless, he actually was Italian: born Giuseppe Lenghi in Modena on June 13th, 1881. (That's the date he gave himself, officially. I doubt it, see below.) Having studied in Bologna, he was a doctor of law, and a barrister before choosing tenor as his new profession. He made his debut in 1907 in Pistoia, as Duca in Rigoletto (his favorite role), and sang in the Italian provinces for a few years before moving to London in fall 1909. Coming back to the date-of-birth-issue... if he made his law doctorate, became a lawyer, and made his Pistoia debut nonetheless at age 26, then he must have studied extraordinarily quickly (both law and voice). I assume he was a few years older in reality. Anyway, he made his London debut on October 9th, 1909, at a Chappell Ballad Concert, and became subsequently a famous music hall tenor in London and the English provinces. In 1912, he sang two roles at Covent Garden, using the name Giuseppe Cellini, Canio (a strange choice) and Don José; from then on, he used the name Lenghi-Cellini. In 1924, he made an "Australasian tour", giving concerts with the violinist Zacharewitsch and the pianist Pietro Cimara, at least in New Zealand (Christchurch on June 14th) and Australia (Melbourne on July 14th).
- National Library of New Zealand
- The Argus (Melbourne newspaper), 14 July 1924
- Musical islands: exploring connections between music, place and research. Edited by Elizabeth Mackinlay, Brydie-Leigh Bartleet and Katelyn Barney, Newcastle upon Tyne 2009
- Henry Saxe Windham: Who's who in music. A biographical record of contemporary musicians, London 1913

Lenghi-Cellini's late recordings (the electric Piccadillys in particular) are not for the faint of heart; these are certainly some of the weirdest, unruliest tenor recordings ever made, and few of them could be called beautiful. Nonetheless, because of their rarity, they are documented here (you may, however, prefer to stick to the acoustic recordings!).
Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Faust: Salve, dimora
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Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morning was gleaming
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Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings La Gioconda: Cielo e mar
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Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings La favorite: Spirto gentil
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Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Ideale

Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Chanson de l'adieu

Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Il trovatore: Di quella pira 1
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Look at the label! One of the most bizarre misspellings ever.
Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Il trovatore: Di quella pira 2

Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings L'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima
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Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Rigoletto: Questa o quella

Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Madama Butterfly: Here I have caught you, with Doris Carter


9005  Clay: I'll sing these songs of Araby                                         E9005, M44 (Beka)
9006  d'Hardelot: I know a lovely garden					   E9006, M44 (Beka)
9007  Mignon (Thomas): Ah non credevi tu                                           E9007, P1134, M50 (Beka)
9008  Mignon (Thomas): Addio, Mignon                                               E9008, P1134, M50 (Beka)
9021  Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Here I have caught you (with Doris Carter)	   E9021
9022  Traviata (Verdi): Parigi o cara (with Doris Carter)                          P383, M45 (Beka)

9023 Faust (Gounod): Let me gaze (with Doris Carter) E9023 9024 Carmen (Bizet): My mother I behold (with Doris Carter) P383 9029 Trovatore (Verdi): Home to our mountains (with Jessie Broughton) E9029, P292, M45 (Beka) 9042 Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella P9042, P304, M55 (Beka) 9045 Leoni: In sympathy P9045, M53 (Beka) 9047 Löhr: Where my caravan has rested P9047, M53 (Beka) 9057 Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile P9057, P304, M55 (Beka) 9059 d'Hardelot: Because E9059, M62 (Beka) 9063 Buzzi-Peccia: Lolita M117 (Beka) 9065 Adams: Thora E9065, M62 (Beka) 9083 Tosca (Puccini: Recondita armonia P9083, P1135, M91 (Beka) 9084 Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle P9084, P1135, M91 (Beka) 9086 Les pêcheurs de perles: Mi par d'udir P9086, P1136, M78 (Beka) 9087 Manon (Massenet): Chiudo gli occhi P9087, P1136, M101 (Beka) 9088 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba P9088, P308, M97 (Beka) 9089 Carmen (Bizet): Il fior che avevi a me tu dato P9089 9090 Carmen (Bizet): Il fior che avevi a me tu dato P9090, P1129, M78 (Beka) 9204 Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar P9204, P1129, M86 (Beka) 9205 Favorite (Donizetti): Spirto gentil P9205, P223, M86 (Beka) 9206 Faust (Gounod): Salve, dimora P9206, P1138, M81 (Beka) 9207 Bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina P9207, P1138, M101 (Beka) 9208 Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima P9208, P223, M90/M128 (Beka) 9209 Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): O Lola P9209, P307, M97 (Beka) 9210 Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida P9210, P306, M81 (Beka) 9211 Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Com'è gentil P9211, P1139, M128 (Beka) 9212 Traviata (Verdi): Dei miei bollenti spiriti P9212, P1139 9213 Mefistofele (Boito): Giunto sul passo estremo P9213, P1128, M90 (Beka) 9214 Favorite (Donizetti): Una vergine P9214, P1137 9260 Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Morning was gleaming P9260 9261 Fanciulla del West: Let her believe P9261, M105 (Beka) 9262 Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Farewell, o happy home P9262, M105 (Beka) 9263 Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Addio, fiorito asil P9263 9293 Manon (Massenet): Ah dispar, vision P9293, P1130 9294 Stabat mater (Rossini): Cuius animam P9294, P1133, M130 (Beka) 9295 Requiem (Verdi): Ingemisco P9295, P1133, M130 (Beka) 9296 Mattinata (Leoncavallo) P9296, P1132, M117 (Beka) 9383 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): O Colombina P9383, P308, M123 (Beka) 9384 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): No, Pagliaccio non son P9384, P309, M123 (Beka) 9385 Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Donna non vidi mai P9385, P1131 9387 Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Ah Manon, mi tradisce P9387, P1131 9473 Rigoletto (Verdi): Ella mi fu rapita P9473, P305 9474 Rigoletto (Verdi): Parmi veder P9474, P305 9475 Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi, dai prati P9475, P1128 9476 Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): Viva il vino P9476, P307 9477 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Un tal gioco P9477, P309 9479 Trovatore (Verdi): Ah sì, ben mio P9479, P1127, M163 (Beka) 9480 Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira P9480, P1127, M163 (Beka) 9481 Leise flehen meine Lieder, in English (Schubert) P9481, P1132 9482 Africaine (Meyerbeer): O paradiso P9482, P306 9483 Werther (Massenet): Ah non mi ridestar P9483, P1130 ???? Adams: Nirvana M156 (Beka) ???? MacMurrough: Macushla M156 (Beka) Marathon Mefistofele (Boito): Duo pt. 1 (w. Henry Lane Wilson) 2054 Mefistofele (Boito): Duo pt. 2 (w. Henry Lane Wilson) 2054 Vocalion 01876 Faust (Gounod): Salve, dimora A-0146, C-01069, K-05152 ????? Manon (Massenet): Chiudo gli occhi A-0117, C-01064, K-05152 01903 Aida: Celeste Aida A-0111, C-01061 01905 Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile A-0112, C-01062, J-04113 ????? Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella A-0142, C-01067 ????? Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar A-0152, C-01071 02351 Bohème (Puccini): O Mimì (w. George Baker) A-0160, C-01073, J-04105 ????? Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora (w. George Baker) A-0170, C-01080, J-04105 ????? Carmen (Bizet): Il fior A-0177, C-01078 ????? Mignon (Thomas): Ah non credevi tu C-01091, J-04113 ????? Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi B-3016, L-5033, Y-8100 ????? Mignon (Thomas): Addio Mignon L-5034, Y-8100 ????? Marshall: I hear you calling me D-02109 ????? Leoni: In sympathy D-02109 02731 Tosti: Ideale R-6090 02732 Tosti: Chanson de l'adieu R-6090 ????? MacMurrough: Macushla R-6095 ????? Löhr: Where my caravan has rested R-6095 Regal ????? Geehl: For you alone G 1003 ????? Dorel: The garden of your heart G 1003 74382 Marshall: I hear you calling me G 1008 74383 Aitken: Maire, my girl G 1008 Piccadilly (electric) 1809-2 Favorite (Donizetti): Una vergine 251 1810 Mignon (Thomas): Addio, Mignon 250 1811-2 Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima 252 1812-2 Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 252 1813 Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 250, 5056 1814 Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): Viva il vino 251 3309-2 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 5019 3310 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): O Colombina 5019 3555 Martha (Flotow): M'apparì 5056 3556-2 Trovatore (Verdi): Ah sì, ben mio 5032 3559 Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira 5032
I wish to thank Anton Bieber for the catalog scan, the label scans and the recordings (Butterfly, Ideale, Di quella pira 2, Chanson de l'adieu, Rigoletto).
I wish to thank Mark Chetwood for the discographical information.
I wish to thank Dr. Eduardo M Herrera for additions to the discography.

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