Tino Pattiera

Picture of Pattiera
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the picture.

Tino Pattiera sings Der Troubadour: Lodern zum Himmel
In RA Format

I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.
Tino Pattiera sings Andrea Chenier: Du kommst daher, with Meta Seinemeyer
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Picture of Pattiera with Tauber
Pattiera with Tauber

Tino Pattiera sings Tosca: Recondita armonia
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I would like to thank Thomas Silverboerg for the recording and picture.

Tino Pattiera was born on 27th June 1890 in Cavtat. While studying medicine in Prag, Pattiera used to spend the evening in local taverns singing for his friends. One evening, he was heard by a bariton of the National Theatre who arranged for him an audition at the theatre in Zagreb. Pattiera pleased and was awarded 200 crowns a month to support himself and pay for singing lessons. Pattiera stayed in Zagreb for one year. The Zagreb Opera Director had set as condition for paying for his studies that he would not sing anywhere else. However one evening, Pattiera sang all night long in a tavern for his friends. His teacher found out that evening and the next morning Pattiera was asked by the director of the Zagreb Opera to come for an audition. He was asked to sing the Don José's aria and failed. The director fired him on the spot.

A lady from Zagred recommended him to the singer Luise Ehrenstein-Fraenkel in Vienna. Pattiera went to Vienna, sang the Don José's aria during his audition. The singer was impressed and recommended him to the coumtess Schaffgotsch who supported his education. Pattiera entered school in 1911-14 to study piano, singing, Italian, chorus singing and sport.

Begining 1914 (March or April), Pattiera received a call from the Hofoper in Dresden to audition. Pattiera sang e lucevan le stelle, la donna e mobile. Pattiera was accepted with great enthusiasm by Ernst von Schuch. Pattiera was offered a 7 year contract, 2 for further studies and 5 as member of the Dresden Opera. However nothing came out of it immediately because of the war. Pattiera was drafted and sent to Yugoslavia. However due to pressure from Dresden, he was relieved from military duty.

Pattiera began studying Manrico with a chorrepetitor and the mezzo Anka Horvath. Pattiera made his debut on 10th February 1916 as Manrico with Siems. He created a sensation since he ended the stretta with a High C instead of B. After Manrico, Pattiera sang Radames and José both conducted by Fritz Reiner, who had replaced von Schuch who had died suddenly. In 1918, he sang La Boheme with Mini Mast. During his stay in Dresden, Pattiera made guest appearances in Budapest, Vienna (28th April 1920 in Tosca, replacing Piccaver, with Jeritza and Duhan). He sang again in Vienna in 1923 and 1924 (Fra Diavolo, Carmen, un Ballo in Maschera, Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, La Traviata and Otello). During his stay in Vienna, sometimes he sang twice Canio on the same evening, once in the Staatsoper and once at the Volksoper. This was made possible by playing first Pagliacci in one of the Theatre. In 1926, Pattiera was called suddenly to replace Piccaver for the premiere of Andrea Chenier. He also got sick, and could not sing. Besides Vienna and Budapest, Pattiera sang also in Prag, Hamburg, Essen, Magdeburg, Königsberg, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Duisburg and Chicago (1921 in La Boheme, Tosca and Aida).

During the 1930/1 season, Pattiera sang in his first Tannhäuser wih Schöffler, Böhme, Born and Bokor. Pattiera made movies Fra Diavolo (1931), Ein Nacht in Venedig (1934). During 1930, Pattiera sand in Der Bettelstudent with Alpar in Berlin. On 7th March 1933, Fritz Busch left Dresden. It was also the beginning of the end of Pattiera's career. Busch was replaced by Böhm, who only used Pattiera in one premiere as Faust. Pattiera finished his career in Berlin and Prag. In 1950, while living in Prag, Pattiera was nominated vocal teacher at the Akademie in Vienna. Because of diabetes, Pattiera had to give up his position in 1952. He continued to teach in his appartment. Pattiera gave his last concert in Dresden on 29th January 1952 singing arias from Manon, Donizetti, Puccini, Bizet and songs from Tosti and Trindelli. His encore was La Donna e mobile. He returned for good in Vienna. Durin April 1966, Pattiera returned to his birth place and died there on 24th April 1966. Pattiera recorded for Odeon, Gramophon, Brunswick, Parlophon, Vox, Electrola, a total 100 sides.


German Opera
Ariadne auf Naxos, Der Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser

Russian Opera
Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, Pique Dame

French Opera Fra Diavolo, Carmen, Faust, Manon

Italian Opera
Andrea Chenier, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Aida, Don Carlo, La Forza del Destino, Un Ballo in Machera, Otello, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore

Der Bettelstudent

Reference: Stimmen die um die Welt gingen, Heft Nr. 28, June 1990.

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