According to the references listed below, Giuseppe Bartolotta was touring rural America with the Circuit Chautauqua
during the 1910-11 season. This item
says clearly that
before coming to the US (the flyer is US-American), he sang in the UK, where also Sterling Records was at home.
The cylinders were made in 1906. On that La donna Ŕ mobile cylinder,
it's the same tenor singing (Funiculý funiculÓ), but it's a different announcer
(British, this time). Also the British announcer clearly says "Bartolotta". On Funiculý funiculÓ, the announcer is Italian,
and it's definitely the singer himself. Judging from his (strong) dialect, he actually is Neapolitan, like what
the announcements tell. I think it's improbable, too, that Bartolotta
and Bartolotti were the same person (using one name for concerts in the UK and US, and the other for Traviata in Pisa).
Bartolotta came to the US no later than 1910 and was in the UK already in 1906; and was touring "most of the principal
cities throughout Europe" for two years before arriving in the UK, which is to say that he had left Italy long before
1910. And he was always announced as a concert singer, not opera.
In RA Format
In RA Format
531 RIGOLETTO: La donna Ŕ mobile
532 TOSCA: Aria
603 CARMEN: Il fior
604 PAGLIACCI: Vesti la giubba
605 DENZA: Funiculý funiculÓ
606 GOUNOD: Serenata
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the reearch, links and notes.
Source for Rigoletto recording.
Another picture on a concert advertisement (click through the thumbnails to view the other pages of that advertisement).
Source for picture.
Source for the discography the extraordinary Website of Roberto Marcocci.