Raffaele Grani

1857 Rome – 9 March 1931 Milano

Picture of Raffaele Grani

I wish to thank Helmut Krautschneider for the picture.
Picture of Raffaele Grani

After vocal studies in Milano, he started his career in the mid-1880s; his earliest documented appearance (not necessarily his debut!) was as Renzo in Ponchielli's I promessi sposi at the Teatro Rossini in Venice in 1886. In 1887, he was Rodolfo in Luisa Miller at the Rossi in Pisa, 1888 Sirval in Linda di Chamounix at the Regio in Torino.

1888/89, he toured South America; for instance, he was in Santiago de Chile, singing Renzo again, and Oberto in Edmea by Catalani.
In 1891, he was in Spain: Bilbao (Fernand, Enzo Grimaldo), Palma de Mallorca (Enzo Grimaldo) and Cadiz (Faust, Rigoletto, Robert le diable).
1892, South America again, this time Buenos Aires (Teatro Nacional).
In 1893, he sang Ernani and Riccardo in Maria di Rohan in St. Petersburg (both at the Aquarium and the Mariinskij).
1894, Otello (one of his signature roles) and Radames at the Argentina in Rome.
1895, Otello at the San Carlo in Naples, and on 29 December, he was Siegfried in the Italian premiere of Götterdämmerung at the Regio in Torino. Wagner soon became his specialty.
1896, Enzo and Radames at the Politeama in Genova, and a tour to Budapest.
1897, Old Siegfried in Rome, both at the Argentina and the Costanzi.
1898, the same role in Bologna and Trieste, as well as Lohengrin and Ernani at the São Carlos in Lisbon.
1899, a concert performance of Tristan (2nd act only) at La Scala, with Teresa Arkel. Otello in Vicenza.
1900, Otello at the Regio in Torino as well as in Suzzara and Chieti.
1901, Old Siegfried in Barcelona and Tannhäuser in Verona (Teatro Filarmonico).
1902, Otello at the Filarmonico and in Siena.
1903, Young Siegfried and Otello at the Costanzi, Otello also in Vigevano.
1904, Otello in Spoleto, Young Siegfried at La Fenice in Venice, Canio at the Petruzzelli in Bari.
There is no information on what he did in 1905 and 1906.
1907, Loge at the Carlo Felice in Genova.
1908, Otello in Lanciano and Ancona.
1909, Loge and Otello in Cairo, Siegmund in Sanremo.
1910, Siegmund in Cairo, Herodes in Alexandria and Trieste.
1912, Herodes at La Scala and at the Politeama in Genova.

That's certainly not all, since his repertory also included Don Alvaro, Don José, Raoul, Vasco da Gama, Jean, Faust, Fra Diavolo, Edgardo, Ernesto, Elvino, Pollione, Alfredo and Duca.

He retired in 1913, and became a busy voice teacher in Milano.

Reference 1: chronological information provided by Roberto Marcocci, reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens

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