Giuseppe Bentonelli

10 September 1898 Sayre, Oklahoma – 4 April 1975

Picture of Giuseppe Bentonelli
His real name was Joseph Hodirece Benton. At first, he studied medicine, subsequently moved to Chicago in order to study at the local musical college, and then to Italy for further study in Milan with Vittorio Vanza. He made his debut in 1928 at the Duse in Bologna in Traviata. He came back to the USA in 1934 and continued his career until 1960, singing in the most important houses. In his last year, he undertook a long recital tour. After retiring, he taught singing.
Giuseppe Bentonelli sings Madama Butterfly: Oh, love me a little, with Elisabeth Rethberg
In RA format
Chronology of his activity in Italy
1928	Bologna/T.Duse               Traviata (Alfredo)
1928	Genova/Politeama Genovese    Traviata (Alfredo)
1929	Mantova/T.Sociale            Manon (des Grieux)
1929	Modena/T.Municipale          Bohème (Rodolfo)
1929	Parma/Politeama Reinach      Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1931	Bari/T.Petruzzelli           Faust (Faust)
1931	Bari/T.Petruzzelli           Bohème (Rodolfo)
1931	Cairo/King's Theater         Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1931	Cairo/King's Theater         Bohème (Rodolfo)
1931	Cairo/King's Theater         Rigoletto (Duca di Mantova)
1931	Cairo/King's Theater         Anima allegra di F. Vittadini
1931	Pavia/T.Fraschini            Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1931	Ravenna/T.Alighieri          Bohème (Rodolfo)
1932	Asti/T.Alfieri               Manon Lescaut (des Grieux)
1932	Bolzano/T.Civico             Turandot (Calaf)
1932	Cesena/T.Comunale            Andrea Chénier (Chénier)
1932	Padova/T.Verdi               Faust (Faust)
1932	Torino/Italian Radio Season  Bohème (Rodolfo)
1932	Vercelli/T.Civico            Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1933	Bari/T.Petruzzelli           Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1933	Cagliari/T.Civico            Andrea Chénier (Chénier)
1933	Catania/T.Bellini            Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1933	Catania/T.Bellini            Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1933	Genova/Politeama Genovese    Gioconda (Enzo)
1933	Novara/T.Coccia              Bohème (Rodolfo)
1933	Holland                      Tour
1933	Palermo/T.Massimo            Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1933	Piacenza/T.Municipale        Andrea Chénier (Chénier)
1933	Venezia/T.Fenice             Wally (Hagenbach)
1933	Vicenza/T.Verdi              Turandot (Calaf)
1934	Piacenza/T.Municipale        Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1934	Roma/T.Costanzi              Andrea Chénier (Chénier)
1934	Roma/T.Costanzi              Cecilia di L. Refice (Valeriano)
Wbx 913	Bohème: Che gelida manina
Wbx 914	Barbiere di Siviglia: Ecco ridente in cielo
Wb 4174	Martha: M'apparì
Wb 4176	Werther: Perché tremar?
I would like to thank Roberto Marcocci for the biographical and discographical information.
Reference: Joseph Benton: "Oklahoma tenor: Musical memories of Giuseppe Bentonelli" University of Oklahoma Press, 1973
I would like to thank Juan Dzazópulos for several corrections and addenda.
I wish to thank Ross Halper for the recording.

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