Giovanni Borracelli

4 October 1892 Roccastrada – 1991 Grosseto

Roberto Marcocci's fantastic chronologies focus on Italy and end in the 1930s, since that was the scope of his interest, and of his newspaper & playbill collection. Performances later than 1930 or outside Italy are just random finds, no completeness intended. That goes also for his below Borracelli chronology: it's certainly much exhaustive for the tenor's Italian appearances before 1930, but it's no complete account of his career.

Borracelli lived into a very old age, which he spent at a retirement home in Grosseto, near to the place where he had been born. In Grosseto, there was an opera lovers' club, the Amici della Lirica "Ettore Bastianini", founded in the late 1980s, and they got to know Borracelli, and made him their honorary president. He obviously didn't remember a great deal of his earlier life, but what he told them was that he had sung a lot, other than in Italy of course, in France and the USA, which is fully compatible with his discography (see below); that he had sung into the 1950s; and that his best roles had been Turiddu, des Grieux and Duca.

For his activity in the US, I found also a newspaper clip (The Orlando Sentinel, 31 December 1928): his US debut took place late in 1928, and obviously as Radames in Boston.

Borracelli's 98th birthday, featured in the local weekly GR7, 13 October 1990

In 1988, 1989 and 1990, the Amici della Lirica would organize a birthday celebration for Borracelli at his retirement home; the one in 1990, his 98th birthday, was his last. For his 99th, the Amici were already preparing another birthday party, when Borracelli died.

Many thanks to Umberto Conforti for his valuable help with the biography.
Giovanni Borracelli sings Die lustige Witwe: Come di rose un cespo

Giovanni Borracelli sings Addio, mia bella Napoli

Many thanks to Anton Bieber for the recordings and label scans (Addio mia bella Napoli, Die lustige Witwe).
Giovanni Borracelli sings Canta pe' me
In RA format
Borracelli transposed this not very arduous song a half-note down.

12 Milano Teatro Carcano PAMPEROS di A. Ottolenghi
07 Milano Teatro Verdi RIGOLETTO (Duca)
09 Roma Teatro Costanzi CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu)
12 Alessandria d'Egitto Teatro Alhambra LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Edgardo)
  Civitavecchia Teatro Traiano BALLO IN MASCHERA (Riccardo)
01 Cairo Kursaal Dalbagni ANDREA CHÉNIER (Chenier)
06 Bitonto Politeama Traetta CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu) / FAVORITA (Fernando) / FORZA DEL DESTINO (Alvaro) / LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Edgardo) / PAGLIACCI (Canio)
07 Trani Teatro Excelsior CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu)
09 Todi Teatro Comunale FORZA DEL DESTINO (Alvaro)
10 Bologna Teatro Duse GIOCONDA (Enzo)
12 Milano Teatro Carcano PAGLIACCI (Canio)
  Castellammare di Stabia Teatro Savoia STAGIONE
01 Milano Teatro Fossati CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu)
04 Voghera Teatro Sociale TRAVIATA (Alfredo)
08 Milano Teatro Verdi RIGOLETTO (Duca)
11 Asti Teatro Alfieri TOSCA (Cavaradossi)
  Firenze Teatro Verdi IL MISTERO di D. Monleone
  Lonigo Teatro Comunale MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Pinkerton) / TOSCA (Cavaradossi)
  Torino Teatro Scribe ANDREA CHÉNIER (Chenier) / LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Edgardo)
05 Lugo Teatro Rossini CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu)
08 Livorno Politeama BOHÈME (Rodolfo) / CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu) / PAGLIACCI (Canio)
11 Bologna Teatro Verdi ERNANI (Ernani)
11 Vigevano Teatro Cagnoni PAGLIACCI (Canio)
12 Livorno Teatro Goldoni TOSCA (Cavaradossi)
  Udine Teatro Sociale MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Pinkerton)
10/11 Palermo Politeama Garibaldi FORZA DEL DESTINO (Alvaro) / GIOCONDA (Enzo) / MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Pinkerton) / RIGOLETTO (Duca) / WALLY (Hagenbach) / ANDREA CHÉNIER (Chenier) / CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu) / ERNANI (Ernani) / LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Edgardo)
  La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Pinkerton)
  Napoli Teatro Bellini FORZA DEL DESTINO (Alvaro)
01 Trapani Teatro Garibaldi GIOCONDA (Enzo) / LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Edgardo)
10/12 Buenos Aires Teatro Marconi FORZA DEL DESTINO (Alvaro) / LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Edgardo) / BOHÈME (Rodolfo) / ERNANI (Ernani) / RIGOLETTO (Duca) / BALLO IN MASCHERA (Riccardo) / CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu) / GIOCONDA (Enzo) / MEFISTOFELE (Faust) / PAGLIACCI (Canio) / TOSCA (Cavaradossi)
02/04 Buenos Aires Teatro Coliseo CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu) / BOHÈME (Rodolfo) / CARMEN (Don José) / LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Edgardo) / PAGLIACCI (Canio) / TRAVIATA (Alfredo)
03 Guadalajara Teatro Degollado TRAVIATA (Alfredo)
08 Catania Anfiteatro Ganci RIGOLETTO (Duca)
12 Palermo Politeama Garibaldi LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Edgardo) / MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Pinkerton)
01 Palermo Teatro Biondo NORMA (Pollione) / PAGLIACCI (Canio)
03 Messina Arena Peloro BALLO IN MASCHERA (Riccardo) / FORZA DEL DESTINO (Alvaro) / NORMA (Pollione) / PAGLIACCI (Canio)
01 Rovigo Teatro Sociale BALLO IN MASCHERA (Riccardo) / FORZA DEL DESTINO (Alvaro)
05 Sarzana Teatro Impavidi TROVATORE (Manrico)

Fonografia Nazionale, Milano 	 
4251 	    LES MILLIONS D'ARLEQUIN: Serenata 	 	A4251
4552 	    Lasciati amar (Leoncavallo)	 		A4252

Odeon, Milano, 28 September 1925
xPh5667     ANDREA CHÉNIER: Improvviso 	 		X55642
xPh5667-2   ANDREA CHÉNIER: Improvviso 	 		UNPUBLISHED
xPh5671     PAGLIACCI: Vesti la giubba 	 		X55641

Odeon, Milano, 1 October 1925
Pho5681     ERNANI: Come rugiada al cespite		A84047
Pho5679     FORZA DEL DESTINO: O tu che in seno		A84046
Pho5680     CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA: Addio alla madre	A84048

Gennett Record 
	    'O sole mio (Di Capua)			40171 a
	    Canta pe' me (De Curtis)			40171 b
	    Addio a Napoli (Cottrau)			40172 a
	    Die lustige Witwe: Come di rose un cespo	40172 b
	    FEDORA: Amor ti vieta			40178 a
	    CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA: Brindisi 	 	40178 b
	    GIOCONDA: Cielo e mar 	 		40180 a
	    LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR: Fra poco a me ricovero 40180 b

Disque Idéal, Paris, about 1930
ID1741	    Princesita (Arista)				9277
ID1742	    Quiéreme mucho (Roig)			9278
ID1759	    EMIGRANTES: Adiós Granada, Granada mia	9295
ID1760	    Quisiera (Camprubí)				9296
Source for the chronology the extraordinary website of Roberto Marcocci.
Additions to the discography from Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien.

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