Tullio Verona was a very good friend of my grandfather. Both were born in Padua. They were good friends since their youth. Verona had a child who died very young. He had a breakdown and fell into depression, so his career went down and ended very quickly. Every time he met my grandfather and his first son (Raffaello, my uncle), he treated him as his child that was lost some years before. Between my uncle and Verona's son was a difference of just a couple of years.Verona made his debut in 1920 as a baritone; it is not known when he switched to tenor. After a few years at small Italian theaters, he sang in Malta in 1925, at the Arena di Verona in 1927 (Licinio in La vestale by Spontini), 1928–30 and again in 1933 with the Italian Opera in the Netherlands (with great success). In 1928, he made his Scala debut (again as Licinio); he returned in 1931 as Pollione, a part that he had already sung at Covent Garden in 1929, with Rosa Ponselle. From 1932 onwards, he appeared only rarely and irregularly; for the reasons see above.
Reference 1 (also for the below chronology and discography): Roberto Marcocci's fantastic website; reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens
88512 Otello: Sì, pel ciel 15277 (Actuelle), 10454 (paper label) with Giovanni Inghilleri 88515 Otello: Dio mi potevi scagliar 15277 (Actuelle), 10454 (paper label) 88685 Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba 15399 (Art) 88686 Pagliacci: No, Pagliaccio non son 15399 (Art) 88687 Otello: Morte di Otello 15402 88694 Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda 15402
I wish to thank Richard J Venezia for the recording.