Matteo Bruno

1886 Castiglione di Sicilia - ?

Bruno studied at Milan with the old tenor Maestro Giuseppe Mandolini.

He made his debut in 1912 at the Dal Verme in Milan substituting for Aureliano Pertile in Cavalleria Rusticana.

During 1921, Bruno was in Palermo for the season at the Politeama Garibaldi. He discovered his spouse, Giuseppina, Sciuto, in a room with a colleague the tenor Francesco Conti. He shot his wife dead.

He was a particular artist. He had a military career and in 1928, as a lieutenant in the Army, he was appointed director of the Teatro Sperimentale Lirico at the Teatro di Arte Moderna in Milan, where the young artists were helped in their artistic formation. During that period he continued singing.

His career evolved as follows:

1912 Milano (Dal Verme)
1913 Cremona (Politeama Verdi, Rigoletto during January with Domar Dora)
1916 Acireal
1920 Bergamo
1921 Palermo
1924 Milano (Dal Verme)
1926 Bari, Ancona
1931 Milano (Dal Verme, Pagliacci (Sharing with Berni) with Lierba Vittoria/Grel Alma, Mazzanti Renato), Padova, Torino (Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Pagliacci with Fisher Grazia, Rossi Pietro, Zenone)

His repertory included: Turiddu, Duca, Giannetto (La cena delle Beffe) , Canio, Edgardo, ...

Matteo Bruno sings Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba

Chronology

1912      
01 Milano Teatro Dal Verme CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu)
       
1913      
01 Cremona Politeama Verdi RIGOLETTO (Duca)
       
1916      
  Acireale Teatro Bellini CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu)
       
1920      
  Bergamo Teatro delle SocietÓ CONCERTO
       
1924      
07 Milano Teatro Dal Verme CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu)
       
1926      
01 Bari Teatro Piccinni LA CENA DELLE BEFFE (Giannetto)
12 Ancona Teatro Vittorio Emanuele CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu) / PAGLIACCI (Canio)
       
1931      
  Milano Teatro Dal Verme PAGLIACCI (Canio)
  Padova Teatro Verdi LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Edgardo)
  Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele PAGLIACCI (Canio)

Discography

GRAMOPHONE GREEN
7-252572 Pagliacci: Ridi pagliaccio		R 5331 (green label)		HN 778 (purple label)
Reference for the pictures, chronology and recording the excellent website of Roberto Marcocci

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