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La Traviata:
1.1: Un di felice - Tito Schipa & Amelita Galli-Curci, 1928
1.2: Ah, fors'è lui…Sempre libera, Galli-Curci, 1919
1.3: Dite alla giovine - Galli-Curci, G. de Luca, 1927
1.4: Addio del passato - Galli-Curci
1.5: Parigi o Cara - Schipa, Galli-Curci, 1923

2.1: Questa o quella - Schipa, 1926
2.2: Veglia o donna - Galli-Curci, G. de Luca, 1927
2.3: E il sol dell'anima
2.4: Caro Nome - Galli-Curci
2.5: Parmi veder le lagrime - Schipa, 1928
2.6: Tutte le feste al tempio - Galli-Curci
2.7: La donna è mobile, 1925
2.8. Piangi fanciulla… - De Luca & Galli-Curci, 1918
2.9: Oh mia Gilda… Lassu in cielo… De Luca & Galli-Curci, 1918

Lucia di Lammermoor:
3.1: Verrano a te (with Galli-Curci),1928
3.2: Ardon gli incensi…Spargi d'amaro pianto
3.3: Tu che a Dio…

Don Pasquale:
4.1: Tornami a dir (with Galli-Curci), 1924
4.2: Tornami a dir (with Toti dal Monte), 1933
4.3: Com'è gentile…/ 4.4: Sogno soave e casto / Povero Ernesto… Cercherò lontana terra, 1932

La Sonnambula:
5.1: Come per me sereno… Sovra il sen…. Amelita Galli-Curci
5.2: Son geloso del zefiro errante, 1923
5.3: Prendi l'anel ti dono ( with Toti dal Monte), 1933
5.4: Ah! non credea… Ah, non giunge… Amelita Galli-Curci

L'Elisir d'amore:
6.1: Una furtiva lagrima / 6.2: Adina, credimi, 1925

7: L'Amico Fritz: Suzel, buon dì (with Mafalda Favero)

8: Tosca: Recondita armonia / E Lucevan le stelle

9: La Bohème: Che gelida manina / Sono andati ( with Lucrezia Bori, 1925)

10: Oh! Natura
10.1: Pourquoi me reveiller, 1925
10.2: Ah! non mi ridestar, 1934
10.3: Selezione: Tito Schipa & Gianna Pederzini, Roma, 1948

11.1: Acto II: Schipa, Sayao, Bonelli, S. Francisco, 1937, Merola
11.2: Il sogno, 1926
11.3: Dispar visión, 1934

12: Tosti: L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra
13: Barbiere di Siviglia: Se il mio nome, 1926
14: Mignon: Addio / 15: Ah! non credevi tu
16: Martha: M'appari
17: L'arlesiana: E la solita storia, 1928
18: Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido
19: Core'grato


Raffaele Attilio Amedeo Schipa is born in Lecce, fourth in a modest family (his father Luigi is a custom officer) in the working-class neighbourhood called Le Scalze, last days of 1888, though recorded January 2, 1889 for conscription reasons.

His supernatural vocal gift is immediately noticed by his primary school teacher Giovanni Albani, then by all Lecce, wich actually always considered him "propheta in patria". The arrival from Neaples (1902) of bishop Gennaro Trama, real talent scout of those times, offers the young talent - whose nickname is now "Titu" (tiny) - the chance to enter the local Seminary, where he will study singing and composition. After a restless adolescence in his natal city - where he proves himself to be a promising performer and a tireless seducer - he follows the suggestion of his best teacher, Alceste Gerunda, and emigrates to Milan in order to perfect his technique with Emilio Piccoli and to seek occasion for a debut. He finds it (and of course must pay for it) in Vercelli, Pedimont, with La Traviata (Febr. 4, 1909).

His success is not an immediate one (the vocal personality of the young man is definitely unfamiliar to the average audience of those years) but his progression is regular and constant. After a long period of routine in the operatic touring company of Giuseppe Borboni, closed in Rome during the National Exposition of 1911, Neaples presents him with his first triumph (1914). In a legendary Tosca conducted by Leopoldo Mugnone his stage-name "Tito Schipa" receives its consacration. The outstanding success brings him in Spain, where he learns immediately a perfect spanish, consequent to a strong natural disposition to foreign languages. Actually he will fluently speak four, and will sing eleven, including native australian; plus - as he used to say - the neapolitan dialect...). This helps him to conquer the heart of spanish people, first wit a Manon at the Teatro Real in Madrid (1918) then all over the spanish-speaking world. Nevertheless, growing the danger of submarines in World War I, young Schipa goes in trial against his artistic agency and succeeds in being dispensed from navigation till the final cease-fire.

1919 is the year of his arrival in the USA, invited there by the scottish soprano Mary Garden and by "impresario" Cleofonte Campanini, both managers of the Civic Opera of Chicago. In New York Tito marries his first wife (1920), the french soubrette Antoinette Michel d'Ogoy ("Lily"), whom he had met in Montecarlo while performing in the world premiere of Puccini's La Rondine. Antoinette will give him two daughters, Elena and Liana.

Rigoletto is the title of his triumphal debut in Chicago (Dec. 4, 1919). This is the opening of an american adventure wich will laste 25 year. He's introduced by the press as Caruso's successor, but soon, due to his delicacy and grace, achieves his permanent success on totally different bases, as the so called "Anti-Caruso".

He sings 15 years as first tenor in Chicago Opera House, then at the Metropolitan of New York. He becomes one of the most famous and most rewarded singers ever. In the peculiar register of "tenore leggero" or "tenore di grazia" he's nowadays considered the best performer of all times. By means of a brilliant and tireless character and of a quick adaptation to the american way of life, he becomes a full time headliner in artistic, social and glamour chronicles, many of great importance, many of big danger...

He plans to write a jazz-opera (15 years before Gershwin). He explores the popular spanish and neapolitan repertoire with unmatched results for what concerns tenors (he works in team with first class authors like José Padilla or Richard Barthelemy); he becomes a star of the new born talking-pictures (Vivere! will be number 1 at the italian box-office for 1937, as well as Bixio's songs in the soundtrack: Vivere e Torna piccina mia); he compromises with Al Capone risking to be killed; he collects honours and awards, including the french Legion d'Honneur (1932); he goes from a romance to another with devastating consequences for his marriage; and most of all he earns unbelievable amounts of money wich he wastes and loses with the same obstinacy, being the favourite target of all kind of "stings".

During World War II he lives a long and intense love story with the italian actrice Caterina Boratto. This brings him back to Italy, and unfortunately to a dangerous involvment with the Fascist regime, whose hierarc Achille Starace is an old friend and countryman. After the war the America of McCarthy rejects him roughly, and so does the Italy of Teatro alla Scala. The work of self analysis and regeneration is long and hard, but in the mid 40's the mature Tito Schipa is ready to start a brand new career facing the raving audiences of the whole planet, missing only China and Japan. In 1944 he meets the italian starlet Teresa Borgna (Diana Prandi) and marries her in 1947, when Antoinette dies. Tito Jr. will be born from this marriage.

In 1956 he's invited to direct a singing school in Budapest. This is his first experience over the "iron curtain", culminating in the presidence of the jury in the first Youth Festival of Moscow (1957). His new simpathy for the russian public makes him a suspect for the italian secret services. His telephon is tapped and his project of a singing school in Italy sponsored by the government is succesfully boycotted. This time around he's accused of filocomunism, he falls victim of serious financial problems and is involved in tricky operations by some of his managers. Forced to go back to the USA, he finds there an unexpectedly warm welcome. The singing school is created in New York. While teaching there the diabetis causes his death (Dec. 16, 1965) at 77, after a 56 years career, definitely extraordinary for an operatic singer. Having specialized in a strictly limited repertoire (that was the secret of his incredible vocal longevity) Tito Schipa achieved the top level of his art in the leading roles of Massenet's Werther, Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and Cilea's L'Arlesiana. In these operas he is, at present, unexcelled and probably unexcellable. ---Tito Schipa, Jr.,

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Tito Schipa - The RCA Victor Vocal Series 1925 – 1930 (1989) Tito Schipa - The RCA Victor Vocal Series 1925 – 1930 (1989)

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01. Massenet (Werther) - Pourquoi Me Réveiller
02. Cilea (L'arlesiana) - È La Solita Storia
03. Rossini (Il Barbiere Di Siviglia) - Ecco Ridente
04. Massenet (Manon) - Il Sogno
05. Donizetti (L'elisir D'amore) - Una Furtiva Lagrima
06. Leoncavallo (Pagliacci) - O Colombina
07. Verdi (Rigoletto) - Parmi Veder Le Lagrime
08. Mozart (Don Giovanni) - Dalla Sua Pace
09. Mozart (Don Giovanni) - Il Mio Tesoro
10. Handel (Serse) - Ombra Mai Fu
11. Verdi (La Traviata) - Amelita Galli Curci - Un Dì Felice
12. Bellini (La Sonnambula) - Amelita Galli Curci - Son Geloso Del Zefiro
13. Donizetti (Lucia Di Lammermoor) - Amelita Galli Curci - Verranno A Te
14. Creole Song - Ay Ay Ay
15. Padilla - Princesita
16. Lacalle - Amapola
17. Tosti - Marechiare
18. Tosti - A Vucchella
19. Paladilhe (Suzanne) - Comme Un Petit Oiseau
20. Marvasi - Chi Se Nne Scorda Cchiu
21. Schipa - Pianefforte È Notce
Tito Schipa – tenor Amelita Galli-Curci – soprano Grande Orchestra Rosario Bourdon, Josef A. Pasternack, Mr. Prince, Mino Campanino - conductor


Tito Schipa's recordings document the career of one of the most important lyric tenors of the twentieth century. His light, lyric voice, while smaller than most operatic tenors, was so well produced that it carried to the back of even the largest theaters, and he was greatly admired for his command of dynamics and phrasing. In recital he was known to sing in as many as five languages, always sounding like a native speaker.

Schipa's musical talents were apparent at a very young age; he studied both piano and composition before discovering his singing voice. Recognizing the young tenor's potential, the Bishop of Lecce subsidized his earliest vocal studies; the singer then went to Milan for further training. After six years of study, Schipa made his debut in Piedmont as Alfredo in La traviata in early 1910. On March 24 of that same year he made his debut at Messina as the Duke in Rigoletto with the great Claudia Muzio as Gilda. He spent the next two seasons singing in small houses in Italy. In 1913, he traveled to Buenos Aires and then to Rio de Janeiro for his first appearances outside Italy. He was heard in Mignon, La traviata, and Lakmé.

In early 1914 he sang at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, his first appearance in a major opera house in Italy. In many of his early appearances he was partnered with Amelita Galli-Curci whose voice blended perfectly with his. In December 1915, he first sang in Prince Igor of Borodin at la Scala and later that season also sang Des Grieux in Massenet's Manon. During World War I his career continued to flourish even with the travel restrictions.

In 1919, he made his U.S. debut in Chicago as the Duke in Rigoletto with his favored partner, Galli-Curci. For the next 20 years Schipa sang nearly all of his important roles in Chicago and also at the Ravinia Park summer performances. From 1920 to 1929 when he was not singing with the Chicago Opera Schipa could be found touring the United States and Canada giving concerts and recitals. In 1929, he returned to Italy for performances of L'elisir d'amore at La Scala and was later heard there in Don Giovanni. While in Italy he also sang in Naples, Rome, and Florence. He then began a long recital tour which was a great success.

With the monetary crisis in Chicago caused by the depression, Schipa signed a contract with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He made his debut there in November 1932 in L'elisir d'amore and later in the season was heard in Lucia di Lammermoor, La traviata, Don Giovanni, and Il barbiere di Siviglia. He continued to appear at the Metropolitan Opera until 1941, but most seasons he spent the majority of his time in Italy with summers in South America. He remained in Italy during World War II and returned to Buenos Aires in 1946. In the early 1950s he began to sing less often in opera but he continued to appear in many concerts and recitals. In 1957, he sang his final performances on a recital tour in Moscow, Leningrad, and Riga. ---Richard LeSueur, Rovi

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