Rigoletto – Genoa, Carlo Felice
Lucia di Lammermoor
I vespri siciliani
Roberto il diavolo
Maria di Rohan
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Fingal – Lisboa, S. Carlo, 28 March 1864
from Il trovatore, 14 January 1857, and an undated and unnamed newspaper clip
La favorita al S. Carlo di Lisbonna |
Mongini, the famous tenor had a similar triumphant evening (i.e. similar to Borghi-Mamo). His soft, melodious, fascinating singing conveyed in the aria "Spirto gentil", rendered by him with such passion, a smoothness that nobody else can equal and that brought tears to the eyes of the listeners. This evidence proves the success that he obtained.
Il trovatore, November 1865
Pietro Mongini nella Sonnambula
The voice of this tenor is one of the most beautiful that I have ever heard; essentially bright, round, smooth, secure, and capable of singing the parts of tenore serio and the ones of demi-charactère. (...) His triumph in La sonnambula was very brilliant as confirmed by the applause, the shouts, the ovations calling him before the curtain numerous times.
Il trovatore, 3 January 1857
Pietro Mongini, the tenor with a powerful voice, creator of powerful impressions, wanted by all the major theaters, applauded by the audiences of all major capitals, died in a matter of few days from an implacable heart illness. Returning from Cairo, Mongini felt the first symptoms of the disease. This artist, rich thanks to lavish earnings from his hard work, surrounded by a loving family, died before he could enjoy the fruit of his labors. He had a sumptuous villa built on the Lago Maggiore where he intended to finish his life with his spouse and children that he adored. It was a dream, and the poor Mongini could not enjoy the compensation of retirement after a life of not easily obtained triumphs. The funeral will take place next Wednesday with grand pomp.
Il mondo artistico, 4 May 1874