Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini

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Lenghi-Cellini used to be a mystery tenor for a very long time. Due to some of his discography, he was sometimes thought to be English. Though his English is not very idiomatic indeed... but admittedly, his Italian is sometimes strange, too. Nonetheless, he actually was Italian: born Giuseppe Lenghi in Modena on June 13th, 1881. (That's the date he gave himself, officially. I doubt it, see below.) Having studied in Bologna, he was a doctor of law, and a barrister before choosing tenor as his new profession. He made his debut in 1907 in Pistoia, as Duca in Rigoletto (his favorite role), and sang in the Italian provinces for a few years before moving to London in fall 1909. Coming back to the date-of-birth-issue... if he made his law doctorate, became a lawyer, and made his Pistoia debut nonetheless at age 26, then he must have studied extraordinarily quickly (both law and voice). I assume he was a few years older in reality. Anyway, he made his London debut on October 9th, 1909, at a Chappell Ballad Concert, and became subsequently a famous music hall tenor in London and the English provinces. In 1912, he sang two roles at Covent Garden, using the name Giuseppe Cellini, Canio (a strange choice) and Don José; from then on, he used the name Lenghi-Cellini. In 1924, he made an "Australasian tour", giving concerts with the violinist Zacharewitsch and the pianist Pietro Cimara, at least in New Zealand (Christchurch on June 14th) and Australia (Melbourne on July 14th).

- National Library of New Zealand
- The Argus (Melbourne newspaper), 14 July 1924
- Musical islands: exploring connections between music, place and research. Edited by Elizabeth Mackinlay, Brydie-Leigh Bartleet and Katelyn Barney, Newcastle upon Tyne 2009
- Henry Saxe Windham: Who's who in music. A biographical record of contemporary musicians, London 1913

Lenghi-Cellini's late recordings (the electric Piccadillys in particular) are not for the faint of heart; these are certainly some of the weirdest, unruliest tenor recordings ever made, and few of them could be called beautiful. Nonetheless, because of their rarity, they are documented here (you may, however, prefer to stick to the acoustic recordings!).
Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Faust: Salve, dimora
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Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morning was gleaming
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Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings La Gioconda: Cielo e mar
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Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings La favorite: Spirto gentil
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Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Ideale

Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Chanson de l'adieu

Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Il trovatore: Di quella pira 1
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Look at the label! One of the most bizarre misspellings ever.
Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Il trovatore: Di quella pira 2

Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings L'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima
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Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Rigoletto: Questa o quella

Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini sings Madama Butterfly: Here I have caught you, with Doris Carter

Parlophon/Beka, London, August 1911
2-9003	 Where my caravan has rested (Löhr)					unpublished
2-9004	 Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella					unpublished
2-9005	 I'll sing thee songs of Araby (Clay)					E9005, M44 (Beka)
2-9006	 I know a lovely garden (d'Hardelot)					E9006, M44 (Beka)
2-9007	 Mignon (Thomas): Ah non credevi tu					E9007, P1134, M50 (Beka)
2-9008	 Mignon (Thomas): Addio, Mignon						E9008, P1134, M50 (Beka)
2-9020	 Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere (w. Doris Carter)				unpublished
2-9021	 Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Here I have caught you (w. Doris Carter)	E9021
2-9022   Traviata (Verdi): Parigi, o cara (w. Doris Carter)			E9022, P383, M45 (Beka)

2-9023 Faust (Gounod): Let me gaze (w. Doris Carter) E9023 2-9024 Carmen (Bizet): My mother I behold (w. Doris Carter) P383 2-9029 Trovatore (Verdi): Home to our mountains (w. Jessie Broughton) E9029, P292, M45 (Beka) Parlophon/Beka, London, October 1911 2-9042 Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella E9042, P304, M55 (Beka), 5001 (Scala) 2-9044 In sympathy (Leoni) unpublished 2-9045 In sympathy (Leoni) P9045, M53 (Beka), 5025 (Scala) 2-9046 Where my caravan has rested (Löhr) M53 (Beka) 2-9047 Where my caravan has rested (Löhr) P9047 Parlophon/Beka, London, November 1911 2-9057 Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile M55 (Beka), 5001 (Scala) 2-9057-2 Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile E9057, P304 2-9058 Bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina unpublished 2-9059 Because (d'Hardelot) E9059, M62 (Beka), 5018 (Scala) Parlophon/Beka, London, January 1912 2-9063 Lolita (Buzzi-Peccia) M117 (Beka), 8093 (Ariel) 2-9064 Songs my mother taught me (Dvořák) unpublished 2-9065 Thora (Adams) E9065, M62 (Beka) Parlophon/Beka, London, June 1912 2-9082 Chanson triste (Duparc) unpublished 2-9083 Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia E9083, P1135, M91 (Beka) 2-9084 Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle E9084, P1135, M91 (Beka) 2-9086 Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): Mi par d'udir ancora E9086, E10154, P1136, M78 (Beka) 2-9086-2 Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): Mi par d'udir ancora M78 (Kalophone) 2-9087 Manon (Massenet): Chiudo gli occhi E9087, P1136, M101 (Beka) 2-9088 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba E9088, P308, M97 (Beka) 2-9089 Carmen (Bizet): See here thy flow'ret E9089 2-9089-2 Carmen (Bizet): See here thy flow'ret M78 (Kalophone), M78 (Beka) 2-9090 Carmen (Bizet): Il fior che avevi a me tu dato E9090, E10065, P1129 Parlophon/Beka, London, July 1912 2-9204 Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar E9204, P1129, M86 (Beka), 5017 (Scala), 1671 (Scala De Luxe) 2-9205 Favorite (Donizetti): Spirto gentil E9205, E10042, P223, M86 (Beka), 5017 (Scala), 1671 (Scala De Luxe) 2-9206 Faust (Gounod): Salve, dimora E9206, E10042, P1138, M81 (Beka) 2-9207 Bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina E9207, P1138, M101 (Beka), 8046 (Ariel) 2-9208 Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima E9208, P223, P1137, M90/M128 (Beka) 2-9209 Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): O Lola E9209, E10386, P230, P307, M97 (Beka), 8052 (Ariel) 2-9210 Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida E9210, P306, M81 (Beka) 2-9211 Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Com'è gentil E9211, E10044, P1139, M128 (Beka) 2-9212 Traviata (Verdi): Dei miei bollenti spiriti E9212, E10065, M90 (Beka), P250, P1139 2-9213 Mefistofele (Boito): Giunto sul passo estremo E9213, P1128, M90 (Beka) 2-9214 Favorite (Donizetti): Una vergine E9214, P1137 Parlophon/Beka, London, February 1913 2-9260 Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Morning was gleaming E9260 2-9261 Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Let her believe E9261, M105 (Beka), 1675 (Scala De Luxe) 2-9262 Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Farewell, o happy home E9262, M105 (Beka), 1675 (Scala De Luxe) 2-9263 Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Addio, fiorito asil E9263 2-9264 Songs my mother taught me (Dvořák) M142 (Beka), 5002 (Scala) Parlophon/Beka, London, May 1913 2-9293 Manon (Massenet): Ah dispar, vision E9293, P1130 2-9294 Stabat mater (Rossini): Cuius animam E9294, P1133, M130 (Beka) 2-9295 Requiem (Verdi): Ingemisco E9295, P1133, M130 (Beka) 2-9296 Mattinata (Leoncavallo) E9296, P1132, M117 (Beka), 8093 (Ariel) Marathon, London, about May 1913 2051 Mignon (Thomas): Ah non credevi tu 2049 2052 Carmen (Bizet): Il fior che avevi a me tu dato 2041 2053 Bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina 2049 2054 Faust (Gounod): Salve, dimora 2041 Parlophon/Beka, London, September 1913 2-9383 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): O Colombina E9383, E10045, P308, M123 (Beka), 8115 (Ariel) 2-9384 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): No, Pagliaccio non son E9384, E10045, P309, M123 (Beka), 8115 (Ariel) 2-9385 Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Donna non vidi mai E9385, E10154, P1131 2-9387 Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Ah Manon, mi tradisce E9387, P1131 Parlophon/Beka, London, September 1913 2-9425 Werther (Massenet): Ah non mi ridestar E9425 2-9426 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Un tal gioco E9426 Parlophon/Beka, London, December 1913 2-9473 Rigoletto (Verdi): Ella mi fu rapita E9473, P305 2-9474 Rigoletto (Verdi): Parmi veder E9474, P305 2-9475 Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi, dai prati E9475, P1128, M148 (Beka) 2-9476 Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): Viva il vino E9476, E10386, P307 2-9477 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Un tal gioco E9477, P309 2-9479 Trovatore (Verdi): Ah sì, ben mio E9479, P1127, M163 (Beka) 2-9480 Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira E9480, P1127, M163 (Beka) 2-9481 Leise flehen meine Lieder, in English (Schubert) E9481, P1132, M142 (Beka), 5002 (Scala) 2-9482 Africaine (Meyerbeer): O paradiso E9482, E10044, P306 2-9483 Werther (Massenet): Ah non mi ridestar E9483, P1130, M148 (Beka) Parlophon/Beka, London, February 1914 2-9495 The picture in my heart (Wilson) E9495, M170 (Beka), 5033 (Scala), G1012 (Regal) 2-9497 Macushla (MacMurrough) M156 (Beka) 2-9498 I hear you calling me (Marshall) E9498, M170 (Beka), 5025 (Scala), G1008 (Regal) 2-9502 Nirvana (Adams) M156 (Beka), 5018 (Scala) Marathon, London, 1914 2116 Mignon (Thomas): Addio, Mignon 2066 2117 Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): Mi par d'udir ancora 2066 2121 Favorite (Donizetti): E sia vero? (w. Henry Lane Wilson) 2054 2122 Mefistofele (Boito): Se tu mi doni (w. Henry Lane Wilson) 2054 2125 Africaine (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 2062 21?? Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 2056 21?? Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 2056 21?? Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 2061 21?? Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima 2061 2131 Favorite (Donizetti): Spirto gentil 2062 Parlophon/Beka, London, November 1915 2-9589 'O sole mio (Di Capua) M173 (Beka) 2-9590 Lucia (Luzzi) M173 (Beka) 2-9591 For you alone (Geehl) E9591, M174 (Beka), G1003 (Regal) 2-9592 Summer dreams (Wood) M176 (Beka), 5032 (Scala), 1678 (Scala De Luxe) 2-9594 Maire, my girl (Aitken) E9594, M176 (Beka), G1008 (Regal), 5032 (Scala), 1678 (Scala De Luxe) 2-9595 Mother o' mine (Tours) E9595, G1012 (Regal) 2-9602 Fenesta che lucive (composer unknown) M177 (Beka), 5034 (Scala) 2-9603 Tre cicisbei ridicoli (Ciampi): Tre giorni son che Nina M177 (Beka), 5034 (Scala) 2-9604 Princess of the sunny smile (Leoni) M184 (Beka), 1677 (Scala) 2-9606 I hear a thrush at eve (Cadman) M184 (Beka), 1677 (Scala) 2-9607 The garden of your heart (Dorel) E9607, M174 (Beka), G1003 (Regal) Vocalion, London, June/July 1920 01873 Manon (Massenet): Chiudo gli occhi A-0117 01874 Manon (Massenet): Chiudo gli occhi A-0117, C-01064, K-05152 01876 Faust (Gounod): Salve, dimora A-0146, C-01069, K-05152 01903 Aida: Celeste Aida A-0111, C-01061 Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella A-0142, C-01067 01905 Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile A-0112, C-01062, J-04113 Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar A-0152, C-01071 Vocalion, London, about August 1921 02351 Bohème (Puccini): O Mimì (w. George Baker) A-0160, C-01073, J-04105 02353 Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora (w. George Baker) A-0170, C-01080, J-04105 Vocalion, London, 1922 02731 Tosti: Ideale R-6090 02732 Tosti: Chanson de l'adieu R-6090 02842 Mignon (Thomas): Addio, Mignon L-5034, Y-8100 Vocalion, London, date unknown Carmen (Bizet): Il fior A-0177, C-01078 Mignon (Thomas): Ah non credevi tu C-01091, J-04113 Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi B-3016, L-5033, Y-8100 I hear you calling me (Marshall) D-02109 In sympathy (Leoni) D-02109 Macushla (MacMurrough) R-6095 Where my caravan has rested (Löhr) R-6095 Coliseum, London, May 1919 37012 For you alone (Geehl) 1121, Venus 1593 37014 Life has sent me many roses (Löhr) 1121, Venus 1593 Piccadilly, London, 1929 1809-2 Favorite (Donizetti): Una vergine 251 1810 Mignon (Thomas): Addio, Mignon 250 1811-2 Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima 252 1812-2 Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 252 1813 Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 250, 5056 1814 Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni): Viva il vino 251 3309-2 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 5019 3310 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): O Colombina 5019 3555 Martha (Flotow): M'apparì 5056 3556-2 Trovatore (Verdi): Ah sì, ben mio 5032 3559 Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira 5032

I wish to thank Anton Bieber for the catalog scan, the label scans and the recordings (Butterfly, Ideale, Di quella pira 2, Chanson de l'adieu, Rigoletto).
I wish to thank Mark Chetwood for the discographical information.
I wish to thank Dr. Eduardo M Herrera for additions to the discography.
Further substantial additions to the discography from Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien

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