Giulio Perotti

13 March 1841 Ueckermünde – 28 February 1901 Milano

Picture of Giulio Perotti

His real name was Julius Prott, and he was born in the region of Mecklenburg. He studied voice at the Stern'sches Konservatorium in Berlin, then in Florence, Milano and Paris. He made his debut in 1863 in Breslau/Wrocław. In 1864, he sang in Prague and Milano for the first time; in 1865/66, he was in İstanbul, 1866–68 at the Vienna Hofoper.

From 1868, much of his time was spent in Italy: Genova, Torino, Firenze, Roma (both Teatro Argentina and Teatro Apollo), La Scala. However, he also made many guest appearances elsewhere: Buenos Aires, London (Drury Lane and Covent Garden), Vienna again (1884), Kroll-Oper in Berlin (1885), Breslau, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Madrid, Moscow, Boston, Chicago. From 1888 to 1890, and again in 1899/1900, he was a member of the Metropolitan Opera New York. And in 1875/76, 1878–88 and 1892–1900, he had also contracts with the Budapest Operaház, where he sang in the Hungarian premieres of Mefistofele, Gioconda, Otello and Andrea Chénier, and was a big favorite with the audience. At Christmas 1900, he retired, all efforts of the Budapest impesario Beniczky notwithstanding; not even a major Hungarian decoration, the Iron Cross, could make him give in.

His most famous roles were Jean de Leyde, Arnold, Éléazar, Manrico, Lohengrin, Rienzi, Siegmund, Siegfried, Tannhäuser, but above all Otello. He also sang Lyonel, Erik, Max, Fernand, Robert le diable, Raoul, Vasco da Gama, Edgardo, Dom Sébastien, Gounod' Faust, Viscardo (Il giuramento by Mercadante), Don Ottavio (!), Ernani, Radames, Riccardo, Lorenzo (Giovanna II) and Egidio (La contessa d'Amalfi, both by Errico Petrella) or Assad (Die Königin von Saba by Goldmark).

From 1879, he owned a nursery garden in Trieste, which was famous for its rose varieties.

Reference 1, reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens

I wish to thank Lynn Samohel for the picture.

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