Giuseppe Gaudenzi

24 October 1880 Bologna – 1955

Picture of Giuseppe Gaudenzi

Tenor Giuseppe Gaudenzi had, in hindsight, the bad luck of being a namesake of a coeval left-liberal (and hence antifascist) politician from the same region of Emilia-Romagna; an important politician, who was one of the founders of the Italian Republican Party (no similarities to US Republicans!). That has made tenor Gaudenzi slip into obscurity; wherever you'll look for Giuseppe Gaudenzi, search results will inevitably refer to the politician.

Our tenor graduated from Bologna University in law, but was then advised to abandon law and have his voice trained. He spent the first few years after his debut in Italy, Russia and South America(1906–10), then he moved to the US, at least for the rest of his (obviously not very long) career, and sang with the Boston and the Philadelphia-Chicago opera companies. He had merely a handful of roles in his repertory, primarily Rodolfo, and typically aroused only moderate enthusiasm with newspaper critics.

Chronology (incomplete, like all chronologies)
Cittadella, Teatro Sociale: Pagliacci (Canio)

Bologna, Teatro Olimpia: Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
Bologna, Teatro Olimpia: Pagliacci (Canio)
Roma, Teatro Nazionale: Pagliacci (Canio)

Trieste, Politeama Rossetti: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Modena, Teatro Municipale: Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
Odessa, Municipal Theater: Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)

Caracas, Teatro Municipal: Rigoletto (Rigoletto)

Brescia, Teatro Grande: Loreley (Walter)
Jacksonville, Teatro Duval: Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)

Boston, Opera House: Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
Boston, Opera House: Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)

Ciudad de México, Teatro Arbeu: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Chicago, Civic Opera House: Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
Boston, Opera House: Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
Boston, Opera House: Tosca (Cavaradossi)
Baltimore: Manon Lescaut (des Grieux)
Philadelphia, Metropolitan Opera House: Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
Montréal, His Majesty's Theater: season

Montréal, His Majesty's Theater: season
Portland, Orpheum Theater: Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
Boston, Opera House: Pagliacci (Canio)

Genova, Politeama Genovese: Pagliacci (Canio)
Washington, Belasco Theater: Pagliacci (Canio)

Atlanta, Opera Theater: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Birmingham, Bijou Theater: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Portland, Orpheum Theater: Bohème (Rodolfo)
San Francisco, Court Theater: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Chicago, Blackstone Theater: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Denver, Auditorium: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Kansas City, Convention Hall: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Omaha, Blackstone Theater: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Theater: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Columbus, Hartmann Theater: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Buffalo, Teck Theater: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Philadelphia, Metropolitan Opera House: Bohème (Rodolfo), Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
Pittsburgh, Alvin Theater: Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)

Boston, Opera House: Bohème (Rodolfo)
Boston, Opera House: Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
New York City, Columbia University: Bohème (Rodolfo), Faust (Faust), Pagliacci (Canio)
Washington, Poli's Theater: Bohème (Rodolfo)

Chicago, Lexington Theater: I gioielli della Madonna (Gennaro)

Reference 1: Forgotten Opera Singers; reference 2: Frank Hamilton, Opera in Philadelphia. Performance chronology 1900–1924, internet publication, 2009; reference 3: Henry C. Lahee, The grand opera singers of to-day, Boston, 1922; reference 4; reference 5: Portland Season of Grand Opera 1913, by the Chicago Grand Opera Company (program); reference 6

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