Silvano Isalberti

3 September 1875 San Giovanni Lupatoto –11 July 1940 Brussels

Silvano Isalberti sings Carmen: Alto là
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His earliest traced performances took place in 1902 in Budapest (Don José, Turiddu and Canio) and Trieste. From 1905, he was very successful in the Netherlands, where he appeared with various companies until 1913, in Amsterdam and Den Haag.

He toured also, with mixed results, Germany, at least between 1906 and 1908 (Barmen, Elberfeld, Mannheim, Köln, Leipzig, Theater des Westens in Berlin). In 1909, he sang at La Scala (Giasone in Cherubini's Medea), but here, too, his success was limited. In 1910, he was a guest at the Vienna Volksoper.

In 1919, he returned to Amsterdam as Riccardo, but was now unsuccessful even there. He remained in Belgium and the Netherlands, singing with minor opera troupes, in music halls and cinemas. He eventually settled in Brussels and taught voice.

Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens; reference 2: Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, 16 July 1902; reference 3: Musikalisches Wochenblatt, 24 May 1906; reference 4
Picture source

G&T, Milano, late 1904 1887k Carmen (Bizet): Alto là 52863, 92096 (7") 2310L Amico Fritz (Mascagni): O amore 52140 2328L Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): Viva il vino 52169 2339L Stelle d'oro (Denza) 52161, Vic 52419, 63420 2346L Amico Fritz (Mascagni): Duetto delle ciliege (w. Demharter) 54057 Lyrophon, Amsterdam, autumn 1907 100-1I Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle J100 101I Stelle d'oro (Denza) J101 103I Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile J103 Lyrophon, Amsterdam, October 1908 J118 Carmen (Bizet): Il fior J118 oJ119 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba J119 oJ119a Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba J119 J120 Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Donna non vidi mai J120 J121 Occhi di fata (Denza) J121 J122 Zazà (Leoncavallo): O mio piccolo tavolo J122 J123 Amico Fritz (Mascagni): O amore J123 J125 Bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina J125 J126 Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle J126 J127 Manon (Massenet): Chiudo gli occhi J127 J128 Iris (Mascagni): Apri la tua finestra J128
Sources for the discography: (alas defunct); Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien
I wish to thank Richard J Venezia for the recording.

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