Enrico Di Mazzei

1894 Sofia – 1958 Geneva

Picture of Enrico di Mazzei
Picture of Enrico di Mazzei
Enricus Damasus Tacchella Di Mazzei was born in Sofia, but into an Italian family (his father was a diplomat).

He studied singing in Milan with the famous teacher Fumagalli and later at the conservatory of Genève. In that city, he made his debut in 1925.

He made his successful debut at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on July 20th, 1926 as Cavaradossi. At the Opéra-Comique, he was to sing Werther, Pinkerton, Rodolfo.

He sang in several other theaters: Lyon, Nice, Bordeaux, Liège and Monte Carlo, with increasing success while adding to his repertory "Madama Butterfly", "La bohème", "Rigoletto" and "Werther". The critics augured him a brilliant international career.

Unfortunately, in 1928, during a tour in Bulgaria there was an earthquake and he was said to be among the victims. But as I have a signed picture by the singer dated 1930, he did not die in Bulgaria. He also continued to record until 1934, see below. Another source states he died young from syphilis... So when did he die? In reality, it was in 1958 in Geneva.

Enrico di Mazzei recorded several discs for Pathé and French Odéon. Among the latest were the two duets from "Rigoletto" and "Bohème" with Lily Pons.
Enrico Di Mazzei sings Les pêcheurs de perles: Je crois entendre encore

Enrico Di Mazzei sings La bohème: Que cette main est froide

Enrico di Mazzei sings La fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda

Enrico di Mazzei sings Cavalleria rusticana: O Lola, blanche fleur
In RA format


Fonotecnica (under the name Enrico Tachella Di Mazzei), 1925
B 3056 		I puritani: A te, o cara
B 3057 		Carmen: Il fior

Odéon, Paris 1927-01/02
Ki1020		Tosca (Puccini): O de beautés égales									188501
Ki 1021-1	Tosca (Puccini): Le ciel luisait d'étoiles									188500
Ki 1022-2	Tosca (Puccini): O douces mains										188500
Ki 1024-I	Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): O Lola, blanche fleur					188501
xxP 6442-1	La bohème (Puccini): Que cette main est froide							Parlophone 20060
xxP 6442-2 	La bohème (Puccini): Que cette main est froide							123508

Odéon, Paris 1927-04
Ki1146		Les pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): Je crois entendre encore				188512 
Ki1149 		Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 									188512 

Odéon, Paris 1928-02-03
Ki 1535		La fanciulla del West (Puccini): Ch'ella mi creda						188562 
Ki 1536		Iris (Mascagni): Apri la tua finestra									188562 

Odéon, Paris 1928-02-08
Ki1550		Torna a Sorrento (De Curtis)											188565 
Ki 1551		Mamma mia, che vo' sapè? (Nutile)										188565
Ki 1552		Agnus Dei (Bizet)														188566 
Ki 1553		Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)												188566 
xxP 6461-2	Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): M'habiller										171021, Parlophone R 20046 
xxP 6462-2 	Aida (Verdi): Ô céleste Aida											171021, Parlophone R 20046

Odéon, Paris 1928-12-19
xxP 6769-1	Rigoletto (Verdi): Addio, addio (w Pons)								unpubl
xxP 6769-2 	Rigoletto (Verdi): Addio, addio (w Pons) 								123597, Parlophone R 20342
xxP 6770-1 	Rigoletto (Verdi): È il sol dell'anima (w Pons)							unpubl
xxP 6770-2	Rigoletto (Verdi): È il sol dell'anima (w Pons)							123597 Parlophone R 20342
xxP 6771	La bohème (Puccini): Entrée de Mimi (w Pons)							123598
xxP 6772	La bohème (Puccini): O douce jeune fille (w Pons) 						123598

Odéon, Paris 1928
Ki 2061-2	Pecché? (Pennino) 														188624
Ki 2062-2	Lusinga (De Curtis)													188624

Pathé, Paris 1928 N201308 Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle 7154 N201309 Tosca (Puccini): O dolci mani 7154 N201310-S Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 7152 201311 La bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina 7155 N201312-1 Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Donna non vidi mai 7152 201314 Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 7155 201317 Mamma mia, che vo' sapè? (Nutile) 3369 201318 Santa Lucia lontana (Mario) 3370 N201319-1 Torna a Surriento (De Curtis) 3371 N201320-1 Cara piccina (Lama) 3371 201321 Reginella (Lama) 3369 201322 Ay, ay, ay (Freire) 3370 N201323-1 Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia 7158 N201324 Tosca (Puccini): O de beautés égales 7157 N201325-1 Carmen (Bizet): La fleur que tu m'avais jetée 7157 N201327-1 Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): O Lola, blanche fleur 7158
Odéon, Paris 1929-02-25 xxP 6827 Werther (Massenet): Invocation à la nature 123618 xxP 6828 Werther (Massenet): J'aurais sur ma poitrine 123618 xxP 6829 Carmen (Bizet): La fleur que tu m'avais jetée 123619 Ki 2222-2 Werther (Massenet): Pourquoi me réveiller 188643 Odéon, Paris 1929-04-17 Ki 2364-3 Rigoletto (Verdi): Qu'une belle 188643 xxP 6873 Tosca (Puccini): Quelle est cette blonde dis-moi (w Dorley) 123638 xxP 6874 Tosca (Puccini): Ma jalouse (w Dorley) 123638 Odéon, Paris 1929-10-18 Ki 2672 Cara piccina (Lama) 188687 Ki 2673 Reginella (Lama) 188687 Ki 2674-2 Santa Lucia luntana (Mario) 188689 Ki 2675 Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì all'azzurro spazio, pt 1 188688 Ki 2676 Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì all'azzurro spazio, pt 2 188688 Odéon, Paris 1929 Ki2452-2 Mon cœur est pour toi (Silesu) 188666 Ki2453-1 T'amo (Silesu) 188666 Odéon, Paris 1930-11-14 Ki3824 Caro mio ben (Giordani) 188780 Ki3825 Amarilli (Caccini) 188780 Ki3826 Si vous l'aviez compris (Denza) 188781 Ki 3827 'O marenariello (Gambardella) (w Mme G Rey) 188781 Odéon, Paris 1930-11-17 Ki 3832 Come le rose (Lama) 188778 Ki 3833 Rimpianto (Toselli) 188778 Ki 3834 'O sole mio (Di Capua) 188779 Ki 3835 Le campane di San Giusto (Arona) 188779 Odéon, Paris 1932-05-06 Ki 5387-1 Canta pe' me (De Curtis) 188689 Ki 5388 Manon (Massenet): En fermant les yeux 188868 Odéon, Paris 1932-05-10 Ki 5392 O leggiadri occhi belli 188869 Ki 5393 Tu ch'ai le penne, Amore (Caccini) 188869 Ki 5394 Amor ch'attendi (Caccini) 188870 Ki 5395 Se l'aura spira (Frescobaldi) 188870 Ki 5396 Nina (Pergolesi) 188871 Ki 5397 Caldi sospiri (Rontani) 188871 Odéon, Paris 1932-05 Ki 5400 Werther (Massenet): Lorsque l'enfant revient 188868 Odéon, Paris 1932-05-13 xxP 7324 Manon (Massenet): Ah fuyez, douce image 123619 Odéon, Paris 1932-06-08 xxP 7325 Tosca (Puccini): O de beautés égales (w Payen) 123810 xxP 7326 Tosca (Puccini): Mario, Mario... Tu t'enfermes (w Vallin) 123810 xxP 7327 Tosca (Puccini): Mais quels yeux valent ces yeux (w Vallin) 123811 Odéon, Paris 1932-06-09 xxP 7330 Tosca (Puccini): Où est l'Angelotti (w Vallin, Endrèze) 123812 xxP 7331 Tosca (Puccini): Mario, permet que je parle (w Vallin, Endrèze) 123813 Odéon, Paris 1932-06-14 xxP 7335 Tosca (Puccini): Le ciel luisait d'étoiles (w Payen) 123815 xxP 7336 Tosca (Puccini): Franchise à Floria Tosca ... O douce mains (w Vallin) 123815 xxP 7337 Tosca (Puccini): C'est pour toi que la mort m'était triste (w Vallin) 123816 Odéon, Paris 1932-05-05 Ki 5990 Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): O Lola ch'ai di latti 188887 Odéon, Paris 1932-05-12 Ki 5996 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Sérénade d'Arlequin 188888 Odéon, Paris 1932-05-17 Ki5994 Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Addio, fiorito asil 188888 Odéon, Paris 1933-11-22 Ki 6299 Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Come un bel dì di maggio 188887 Ki 6300 Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì all'azzurro spazio, pt. 1 188890 Ki 6301 Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì all'azzurro spazio, pt. 2 188890 Odéon, Paris 1934-02-28 Ki 6519 Manon (Massenet): Ah fuyez, douce image 188896 Ki 6520 Werther (Massenet): J'aurais sur ma poitrine 188896
I wish to thank Christian Torrent, who has contributed most of the discography, and the bottom three pictures.
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Cavalleria).
I wish to thank Juan Dzazópulos Elgueta for the biographical notes.

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